Registration Options for the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election After February 18 Registration Deadline

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Wednesday, February 19, 2020– San Franciscans who missed the February 18 deadline to register to vote still have the opportunity to cast their ballots in the March 3 election.  

Since 2017, eligible California residents have used Conditional Voter Registration (CVR) to register after the 15-day registration deadline and vote provisionally up through Election Day. Due to recent changes to election law, starting with the March 3 election, eligible residents will be able to use CVR not only at voting centers, but also at all polling places on Election Day.

San Franciscans can complete the CVR process in a few simple steps. First, an individual must fill out an affidavit of registration. Second, Department of Elections’ staff or a poll worker will provide the individual with a CVR provisional ballot which must be voted at the time and location it is received. After the Department of Elections confirms a voter is eligible to vote in San Francisco and has not already voted in the election, the voter’s ballot will be counted.

On February 13, 2020, Governor Newsom signed SB 207 into law. Under one of the provisions of this urgency statute, voters who are registered to vote may update their party preference through Election Day, without needing to re-register or vote provisionally. San Francisco voters who are already registered and want to change their party preference can complete a Political Party Preference Change Form at any voting center or their assigned polling place and vote a standard (non-provisional) ballot. Those who are not registered to vote in San Francisco as of February 18 registration deadline must still vote a CVR provisional ballot at any voting center or polling place.

Starting this Saturday, February 22, the City Hall Voting Center will be open every day through Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, during these hours:

Monday-Friday through March 2, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, February 22–23 and February 29-March 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Two satellite voting centers, the San Francisco State University and Joseph Lee Recreation Center, will open the weekend before Election Day. The satellite voting centers will be open during these hours:

Saturday and Sunday, February 29–March 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, March 2, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information about the March 3 election, contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or, or visit the Department’s office in City Hall, Room 48.


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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