Department of Elections Urges Voters to Check Their Polling Place Location Before Election Day, Tuesday, November 8

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Wednesday, November 2, 2016 – The Department of Elections urges San Francisco voters to check their polling place location.

A number of polling places change every election, and a voter’s polling place for this election might be different from the one where he or she last voted.

The Department’s provides a Polling Place and Sample Ballot Lookup Tool for voters to confirm the address of their polling place. This tool can be accessed from the home page of, under “Key Election Links” or the dedicated slide in the informational slide show.     

Checking a polling place address takes just minutes! Voters simply input their home address to access their polling place details, including type of the facility (i.e., school or public library), cross streets, and accessibility information, such as slope at the entrance. The tool interfaces with Google Maps, allowing voters to view a map that pinpoints their polling place location and get door-to-door walking, public transit, bicycling, or driving directions.

Voters’ home addresses determine their voting precinct and associated polling place, which in turn determines the content of their ballots.  Voters in different parts of the City have different contests on their ballots. Therefore, it is important for voters to vote at their assigned polling place so that their ballot includes all candidates and contests for which they are eligible to vote.

If a voter goes to a polling place other than the one designated for the precinct in which he or she resides, the voter’s name will not be printed in the Roster of Voters. In this situation, a poll worker will first offer to redirect the voter to his or her assigned polling place, based on the voter’s home address. However, if the voter declines redirection, the poll worker will issue a provisional ballot which might not include all of the contests for which the voter is entitled to vote.

Voters can also check the address of their polling place on the back cover of their Voter Information Pamphlet, by contacting the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375, or writing 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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