The Outdoor Voting Center and Ballot Drop-Off Stations Will Be Open Every Day through Election Day, November 3

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Wednesday, October 14, 2020 – As a convenience to voters, the Department of Elections will extend voting and ballot drop-off hours at the Voting Center, adding weekend hours on October 17-18. The Department will also open additional 11 ballot drop-off stations in the City starting October 31.  

The outdoor Voting Center located at 99 Grove Street will be open every day through Election Day, Tuesday, November 3 as follows: 

  • Monday-Friday through November 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, October 17–18, October 24–25, and October 31–November 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“Early voting offers San Franciscans a convenient opportunity to vote in person, drop off a voted ballot, get a replacement ballot, or get voting assistance in multiple languages,” said Director John Arntz. “There are several ballot drop-off stations set up outside the Voting Center allowing for easy and convenient access for pedestrians, drivers, and bicyclists. Starting October 31, the Department will open 11 additional drop-off stations in the City, one in each Supervisorial District.  In Supervisorial Districts 1-2, 4-5, and 7-11, the drop-off stations will be located outside public library branches, in District 3 at the Portsmouth Square, and in District 6 at the Chase Center.”

A list of official San Francisco ballot drop-off stations can be found at sfelections.org/ballotdropofflocations.

Official San Francisco ballot drop-off stations are clearly recognizable, staffed by Department of Elections personnel wearing red vests, and, importantly, ensure security of ballots returned by voters. At drop-off stations, voters deposit their voted ballots into sealed red ballot boxes that bear the official seal of the City and County of San Francisco and are monitored by Elections personnel. Each voting day, all red ballot boxes containing voted ballots are transported by the San Francisco City and County Deputy Sheriffs to the Department of Elections. The Department of Elections maintains a complete chain of custody record for ballots returned by voters to drop-off stations, creating a chronological record of the collection, custody, transfer, and disposition of these ballots.  

For more information about the November 3 election, voters are encouraged to contact the Department of Elections by writing to sfvote@sfgov.org or calling (415) 554-4375. Department personnel will be available to answer election-related questions every day through Election Day during voting hours, with staff available to provide assistance in many languages, including American Sign Language.  

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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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