Department of Elections Reminds Voters of Return Options for Vote-by-Mail Ballots

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, November, 4, 2016 –The Department of Elections encourages voters who have not yet returned their vote-by-mail ballots of several options to do so:

By Mail
Voters who plan to mail their ballots are reminded that, by law, the ballots must be postmarked, or date stamped by a delivery company, before or on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, and received by the Department no later than Monday, November 14.

If returning the ballot on Election Day by using a blue USPS mailbox, voters should check the noted collection time to ensure the ballot is not too late for that day’s pick-up; a ballot mailed after the pick-up time will likely be postmarked the next day. On Election Day, voters can also take the ballot to a local post office and confirm with the counter representative that the ballot will be postmarked that day.

Anyone uncertain about whether his or her mailed ballot will reach the Department in time is encouraged to instead bring the ballot to the City Hall Voting Center, the Department’s Ballot Drop-Off Stations, or any San Francisco polling place.  

In Person
Voters returning ballots in person must do so no later than the close of polls at 8 p.m. on Election Day. Ballots can be returned to:

  • The Department’s Voting Center in City Hall or the Ballot Drop-Off Stations outside two City Hall entrances: the main entrance at Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Polk Street) and the entrance on Grove Street, which will be open:   
  • This weekend, November 5–6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, November 7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Any polling place in San Francisco on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Voters can look up their nearest polling place at

Any voter who is unable to mail or personally return his or her ballot may designate a family member—a spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister—or a person residing in the same household to return the ballot. The voter and his or her designee must provide the required information on the back of the vote-by-mail ballot return envelope.

Voters with questions about voting or returning their ballots can call the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375, write to, or visit the Department’s office in City Hall, Room 48.


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

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