February 15, 2022, Consolidated Special Municipal Election: Filing Deadlines

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, November 2, 2021 – The Department of Elections provides information about filing deadlines for the upcoming February 15, 2022, Consolidated Special Municipal Election.

Nomination Period for the Assessor-Recorder Office. The nomination period is now open for candidates for the Assessor-Recorder office. During this period, candidates may obtain and file nomination documents. Candidates must submit all nomination documents, signatures, and fees to the Department of Elections no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, November 19 to appear on the ballot.

Local Election Law Defines Recalls as Ballot Measures. The San Francisco Municipal Code, §110 defines local recall elections as ballot “measures”, requiring the Department to organize Ballot Simplification Committee meetings and facilitate the intake of paid ballot arguments for and against the recall measures.

Ballot Simplification Committee Meetings. On Friday, November 19 and Monday, November 22, the Ballot Simplification Committee will conduct public meetings to prepare a fair and impartial summary of each local ballot measure for the February 15, 2022 election. These summaries, or “digests,” will be printed in San Francisco’s Voter Information Pamphlet, which is mailed by the Department of Elections to most registered voters before the election and available on the Department’s website.

Selection of Letters for the Local Ballot Measures. On Monday, November 22, at 11 a.m., the Department of Elections will select and assign a letter to identify each local measure that will appear on the ballot for the February 15, 2022 election. The selection of letters will occur at the Department’s office in City Hall, Room 48. The Department will also stream the selection of letters and post a recording of the process on sfelections.org/observe.

Submission of Paid Ballot Arguments. 12 p.m. on Monday, November 29 is the deadline for the submission of paid arguments in favor of or against local ballot measures to be voted on in the February 15, 2022 election. All paid ballot arguments must be submitted to the Department of Elections in person, with original signatures. The Department encourages submitters to also send an electronic copy of the text of each argument via email to publications@sfgov.org, to facilitate compilation of information for inclusion in the Voter Information Pamphlet. All paid ballot arguments are subject to a 10-day public examination period. The 10-day public examination period for paid arguments runs from 12 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30 until 12 p.m. on Friday, December 10.

Further information about the February 15, 2022, Consolidated Special Municipal Election is available at sfelections.org or by contacting the Department of Elections at (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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