Information for Those Who Plan to Vote at the Polls on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Monday, November 5, 2018 – The Department of Elections provides the following information to voters as they prepare to head to the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
It is important for voters to vote at their assigned polling place so that their ballot includes all candidates and contests for which they are eligible to vote. There are several ways for voters to check their polling place location: at, on the back cover of their Voter Information Pamphlet, or by calling (415) 554-4375.

Translated materials and language assistance are available
All San Francisco ballots are bilingual, with content in English and another language: Chinese, Spanish, or Filipino. Voters who have provided a language preference to the Department will receive a ballot in English and that language. Those who have not provided a language preference in advance can request a ballot in their language by asking a poll worker at their polling place.

Additionally, facsimile ballots in Vietnamese and Korean will be available at every polling place. A facsimile ballot is a translated copy of the official ballot that a voter can use as a reference while marking the official ballot.

Bilingual poll workers will be available to provide assistance at many polling places. Voters may also call the Department’s phone bank, (415) 554-4375, that can provide assistance in many languages.

Voting instructions are printed on the ballot and posted inside each voting booth 
When casting their ballot, voters are advised to refer to voting instructions printed on each ballot card and a poster placed inside each voting booth. 

Most California voters do not need to show identification to vote
In California, voters are not required to show identification when voting at the polls, except under certain circumstances. Only first-time voters who registered by mail and did not provide certain information will be asked to show one of acceptable forms of identification such as a utility bill or an identification document issued by a governmental agency with the voter’s name and address or a photo ID such as a student ID card.

The number of polling place voters in San Francisco who may be asked for identification is less than 1% of total poll voters. These voters will have an “ID-required” note printed in the Roster of Voters.

Some circumstances may require a voter to cast a provisional ballot
Occasionally, there are circumstances in which a person is not listed in the Roster of Voters for a precinct. Often, it is because the voter went to a different polling place from the one assigned. In this situation, a poll worker will first offer to redirect the voter to the assigned polling place, based on the voter’s home address. However, if the voter declines redirection, the poll worker will issue a provisional ballot.

After Election Day, Department staff will review all provisional ballots received from the polls. If a voter is determined to be eligible and has not cast another ballot, the provisional ballot will be counted. Voters may check the status of their provisional ballots via the Provisional Ballot Status Lookup Tool  or by calling (415) 554-4375.

Voters are advised to contact the Department of Elections
Voters with questions or concerns are urged to contact the Department at (415) 554-4375 as soon as possible so that personnel can provide assistance while the polls are open and there is still the opportunity to vote.


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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