Eleven Additional Ballot Drop-Off Stations Open on September 11 for the September 14, 2021, California Gubernatorial Recall Election

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Thursday, September 9, 2021 – On Saturday, September 11, the Department of Elections will open eleven additional ballot drop-off stations, one in each Supervisorial District. San Francisco’s official ballot drop-off stations have red ballot boxes bearing the official seal of the City and County of San Francisco and are staffed by Department of Elections personnel wearing red vests. A complete list of ballot drop-off locations and hours of operation can be found at sfelections.org/ballotdropofflocations.

The Department of Elections will open 588 polling places for in-person voting on Election Day; these sites will also serve as ballot drop-off locations.  An Elections volunteer will be stationed at the entrance to each polling place to assist voters dropping off their vote-by-mail ballots in a secure red ballot box.  

“We encourage every San Franciscan who is yet to cast their vote in the September 14 election to return their mailed ballot. The sooner we receive your ballot, the sooner we can start processing it and your votes will be included in the first preliminary election results released when the polls close at 8 p.m. on September 14,” said Director John Arntz. “Voters, who for some reason did not receive their ballot in the mail or need a replacement ballot, may come to the City Hall Voting Center to cast their vote on-site or take their ballot packet with them. A voter may also authorize somebody else to pick up their ballot for them with a signed note.”

Voters may return their ballots to any official ballot drop-off station or a polling place but must do so no later than the close of polls (8 p.m.) on Election Day. Ballots that are returned by mail must be postmarked before or on Election Day, September 14.  

The Department of Elections advises voters to check the status of their returned ballots at sfelections.org/VoterPortal. If there is an issue preventing the Department from counting a voter’s ballot (e.g., a voter did not sign their ballot return envelope), the tool provides the reason and actions the voter must take to resolve the issue. Voters whose ballots require corrective action will also receive a postal notice that includes various options to provide the required information to the Department. The Department urges voters who were notified of an issue with their ballot to provide the required information as soon as possible to allow the Department to count their ballot. 

For more information about the September 14 election, voters are encouraged to contact the Department of Elections by writing to sfvote@sfgov.org or calling (415) 554-4375.




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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