Vote-by-Mail Ballots for the March 3 Election Will Arrive in Mailboxes Soon!

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Thursday, January 30, 2020– San Francisco voters who choose to vote by mail can expect their ballot packets begin arriving in the coming days. 

Each ballot packet will include a voter’s ballot, a postage-paid return envelope, an insert with voting instructions and an I Voted! sticker, and a link to the Voter Portal that voters can use to follow their ballots at several points in the process. The voting instructions also explain how to request a different ballot if the one enclosed does not list the voter’s preferred presidential primary candidate.

Voters who vote by mail will receive the ballots that reflect the political party preference that they selected when registering to vote. Voters who registered with no party preference will receive a party ballot only if they submitted a request to the Department of Elections for a ballot of one of the parties allowing crossover voting or reregistered with a qualified political party.

If a voter’s request for a crossover ballot or new registration application was received after January 15, the Department will mail the voter a new ballot with that party’s presidential candidates. Voters can check if the Department is in receipt of their crossover ballot request by using the Voter Portal or calling (415) 554-4375.  If a voter has reregistered with a new party, this tool will also reflect that party.

Voters who have not yet submitted a crossover ballot request or reregistered with a new party, can still do so.

“The Department of Elections encourages voters to open their vote-by-mail packets and check their ballots while there is still plenty of time to make changes to receive a different ballot,” said Director John Arntz. “Voters who are unsure of the steps they need to take to get a different ballot, are encouraged to call our phone bank at (415) 554-4375; our operators would be glad to explain the options.” 

To request a different ballot, voters have the following options:

  1. Reregister with a specific political party to receive a ballot with presidential candidates of that party. Through the registration deadline, February 18, go to or complete a paper registration form. After February 18, visit a voting center or polling place to reregister and vote a provisional ballot.
  1. Voters registered with no party preference, may request a crossover ballot for the American Independent, Democratic, or Libertarian party.  Such requests can be submitted in one of the following ways: 
  1. Call (415) 554-4375
  2. Go to
  3. Email
  4. By mail to 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Pl., Rm 48, SF, CA 94102 or fax to (415) 554-4372
  5. At a voting center or polling place

For more information about the March 3 election, contact 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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