The Department of Elections Will Open Official Ballot Drop Boxes Throughout the City on October 8

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, October 7, 2022 – Beginning this weekend, 34 official ballot drop boxes will be open in various locations across the City. Ballot drop boxes will remain open through 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8. Any voter may choose to use an official ballot drop box in San Francisco to return their vote-by-mail ballot or the ballot of another California voter who has authorized them to do so.

A list of ballot drop box locations along with the map are available at sfelections.org/ballotdropoff and printed on pages 8-9 of the Voter Information Pamphlet.

“Using an official ballot drop box is a convenient and secure way to return your vote-by-mail ballot,” said Director John Arntz. “Since all ballot drop boxes will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week until 8 p.m. on November 8, voters can cast their ballots at whatever time is most convenient for them. Ballots from these drop boxes will be collected regularly by Deputy Sheriffs and authorized Department staff, and transported directly to the Department of Elections to maintain a continuous chain of custody until we count those ballots.”

Voters can easily identify San Francisco’s official ballot drop boxes. Each official ballot drop boxes bears an American flag and the official seal of the City and County of San Francisco and is clearly marked as an “Official Ballot Drop Box”. Each ballot box is located outdoors, placed on an accessible path of travel, and features a ballot deposit slot, which is positioned in such a way so to provide maximally convenient access to voters using wheelchairs. All notices on every box utilize a high-contrast and large-print font with an anti-glare finish designed to be legible to all voters, along with Braille-embossed instructions to guide voters to identify the location of the ballot deposit slot. All instructions on the boxes are printed in English, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Voters can also return their vote-by-mail ballots by mail through the United States Postal Service (USPS). To search for convenient locations of USPS boxes and pickup times, voters can go to usps.com/locator. To be counted ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day, November 8 and received by the Department by November 15.

Voters can also return their vote-by-mail ballots to the City Hall Voting Center (open on any weekday, starting October 11, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., on the two weekends immediately before Election Day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Election Day, November 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or to any of the 501 polling places on Election Day. To be counted ballots returned in-person must be dropped off no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 8.

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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
sfelections.org

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