The Department of Elections Reminds San Franciscans of the November 5 Election Deadlines

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Saturday, October 19, 2019 – Voting for the November 5 election is underway at the Voting Center in City Hall and by mail. As Election Day nears, the Department of Elections reminds those who have not yet cast their ballots of important deadlines.

Deadline to Register to Vote
Monday, October 21, is the deadline to register to vote or to update registration information for the November 5 election.

Mailed registration applications must be postmarked on or before October 21. Those who register online at have until midnight on October 21.  

Those who are unsure of their registration status are encouraged to check their information at or contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375. 

Conditional Voter Registration Period
Eligible residents who miss the October 21 registration deadline can still vote in the November 5 election. After the registration deadline, San Franciscans can visit the City Hall Voting Center or the San Francisco State University Voting Center (set to open on November 2) during voting hours to register to vote conditionally and cast a provisional ballot.

Deadline to Request to Receive a Ballot by Mail
Tuesday, October 29, is the deadline to request a ballot by mail. Those who have not already applied but wish to vote by mail may do so by calling (415) 554-4375, completing an online application at, or completing and submitting the form on the back cover of their Voter Information Pamphlets.

Deadline to Return a Ballot by Mail
Those who plan to mail their ballots must ensure their ballot envelopes will be postmarked by the United States Postal Service (USPS) or date stamped by a delivery company before or on Election Day, Tuesday, November 5, and received by the Department of Elections no later than Friday, November 8. Those who mail their ballots on Election Day using a USPS collection box are advised to check the posted pick-up hours.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 5
All ballots must be cast by the close of polls at 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. Voters may confirm their polling place addresses at or by checking the back cover of their Voter Information Pamphlets.

Those who prefer to return their vote-by-mail ballots in person may bring the ballots, in sealed and signed return envelopes, to the voting centers, the ballot drop-off stations outside the voting centers, or to any polling place during voting hours on Election Day, Tuesday, November 5.

For more information about the upcoming election, contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or, or visit the Department of Elections’ office in City Hall, Room 48.


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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