Early Voting for the September 14, 2021, California Gubernatorial Recall Election Opens on Monday, August 16

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Thursday, August 12, 2021– Beginning August 16, the Voting Center in City Hall will be open as follows to all local voters who wish to register to vote or vote in person, use accessible voting equipment, receive personal assistance, or return their mailed ballots:

  • Every weekday (except Labor Day, September 6), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The last two weekends (September 4-5 and September 11-12), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • On Election Day (Tuesday, September 14), from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Voting Center stocks official bilingual ballots and voting materials in English and Chinese, Filipino and Spanish, as well as facsimile ballots in Burmese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese, and offers accessible voting tools such as page magnifiers and pen grips, as well as accessible ballot-marking devices with touchscreen/audio format and personal assistive device compatibility. 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.

Up through August 30, any eligible San Franciscan can register to vote and/or receive a vote-by-mail ballot packet to vote onsite at the Voting Center or take home and return by mail or in person at a later time. After August 30, any eligible resident can still register and vote a provisional ballot onsite.

There will be several ballot drop-off stations set up outside the Voting Center allowing for easy and convenient access for pedestrians, drivers, and bicyclists. Ballot drop-off stations will be located under blue tents, have red ballot boxes bearing the official seal of the City and County of San Francisco, and staffed by Department of Elections personnel available to accept voted vote-by-mail ballots during Voting Center hours.  

As required by the San Francisco Health Officer’s Safer Return to Work Health Order No. C19-07y, all individuals, vaccinated and unvaccinated, 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.

Anyone with questions about registration or voting is encouraged to call the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or write to sfvote@sfgov.org.   



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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