The Department of Elections Reminds San Franciscans that Monday, October 19 is the Last Day to Register to Vote or Update Registration and Receive a Ballot by Mail for the November 3 Election

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, October 16, 2020 – Monday, October 19, 2020, is the deadline to register to vote or update registration information and receive a ballot in the mail for the November 3, 2020, Consolidated General Election.

San Franciscans who will have registered by the October 19 deadline will automatically receive a ballot by mail, which voters can return with no postage required in any United States Postal Service blue collection box, at an official ballot drop-off station (a list of San Francisco ballot drop-off stations can be found at, the Voting Center on 99 Grove Street, or any polling place. 

Registration can be completed online at before midnight on October 19 or by submitting a paper voter registration application (mailed registration applications must be postmarked on or before October 19). 

On October 19, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., the Department of Elections will host a registration pop-up event in front of City Hall on the corner of Grove and Polk Streets. Elections staff will facilitate the collection of voter registration applications and vote-by-mail ballots, provide voter registration forms as well as information about the November 3 election and election-related services. 

“I urge eligible San Franciscans to register to vote or update their voter registration by midnight on October 19,” said Director John Arntz. “People can still register to vote after October 19, but it will be too late to do so online or by mail. After October 19, those wishing to register must do so in person at the Voting Center or a polling place.”  

Eligible residents who miss the October 19 deadline have the option to complete the voter registration process and cast a ballot in person from October 20 through Election Day, November 3. Voters will be asked to fill out a voter registration form and be provided a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots will be counted once Department of Elections staff have completed the voter registration verification process. 

Voters can check if they are registered to vote in San Francisco or confirm that their voter registration information is up to date at  

Anyone with questions about registration or voting is encouraged to call the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or write to   


Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375


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