Early Voting for the February 15, 2022 Election Opens on Tuesday, January 18

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, January 11, 2022 – In-person voting in the February 15, 2022, Consolidated Special Municipal Election begins on Tuesday, January 18 at the Voting Center in City Hall.

Between Tuesday, January 18 and Monday, February 14, the Voting Center on the ground floor of City Hall will be open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Voting Center will also be open on the two weekends before the election, February 5-6 and February 12-13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Election Day, Tuesday, February 15, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“All eligible San Francisco residents, including non-citizens eligible to vote in the Board of Education recall contests, may visit the Voting Center to register to vote, update their registration information, use accessible voting equipment, or return their mailed ballots,” said Director John Arntz. “Later this week, the Department expects to deliver over 500,000 vote-by-mail ballot packets to the United States Postal Service for distribution to all currently registered voters in San Francisco. As the pandemic persists, voting by mail remains the safest option to participate in the upcoming election.  Although in-person voting opportunities will be available in the City Hall Voting Center and at the polls on Election Day, we encourage all voters to cast their mailed ballot.”

Any voter may request to vote “curbside” at the Voting Center by calling (415) 554-4375 or by asking a companion to enter the Voting Center to request delivery of voting materials to the voter.

As required by the San Francisco Health Officer’s Safer Return to Work Health Order No. C19-07y, all individuals must wear a face mask in indoor public settings at all times. To mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of all voters, observers, elections workers, and the general public, it is vital that all Voting Center visitors wear a facial covering at all times while inside City Hall. Face masks will be available at City Hall entrances to voters without a facial covering. As additional preventative measures, the Department has installed plexiglass partitions at each ballot-issuing station and will make hand sanitizer and gloves available to all Voting Center visitors.

To help voters prepare to cast their ballots, the Department of Elections has begun mailing the Voter Information Pamphlets; mailing to all locally registered voters is expected to be completed by the end of the week. Inside the Voter Information Pamphlet, voters will find a sample ballot, as well as information about candidates and measures, voting options, new ballot drop boxes and more. On the back cover of the Pamphlet, voters will find the address of their assigned polling place.

Voters may also access the pamphlet online by clicking “I WANT TO …Read my Voter Pamphlet online” on the homepage of sfelections.org. Currently the pamphlet is posted in PDF, HTML, and XML formats with an audio MP3 format following shortly.

The Department of Elections also offers the pamphlet in accessible formats, including large print and audio on USB flash drive, National Library Service (NLC) cartridge, or compact disc (CD). Voters may request one of these formats by calling (415) 554-4375, TTY (415) 554-4386, or emailing sfvote@sfelections.org.

All voters receive a pamphlet in English. Those who have requested election materials in Chinese, Spanish, or Filipino will also receive a copy in their preferred language. Voters may request translated election materials when registering or any time at sfelections.org/language or by calling (415) 554-4375

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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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