Vote-by-Mail Ballots for the November 5 Election Now Being Sent to San Francisco Voters

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Wednesday, October 9, 2019 – San Francisco voters who choose to vote by mail can expect their ballots begin arriving in the coming days.  

Those who vote by mail will receive their packets that include the ballot, a postage-paid return envelope, an insert with voting instructions and other important information, and a link to an online tool,, which voters can use to follow their ballots at several points in the process. For example, a voter can see when the ballot packet was delivered to the post office en route to the voter, when the Department received the voted ballot, when the voter’s signature on the return envelope was verified and the ballot was extracted from the envelope, and when the ballot was counted. The tool also allows voters to request a replacement ballot or a ballot in a different language.

People with disabilities who vote by mail may use the accessible vote-by-mail system at to download and mark their ballots in a screen-readable format from any computer with internet access. Marked ballots must be printed and returned to the Department using one of the return options.

“Voters can return their voted ballots by mail, in person at a voting center, ballot drop-off station, or any polling place,” Director Arntz said. “Before returning their ballots, voters must remember to sign the return envelopes provided with their vote-by-mail ballot packets.”

In addition to voting by mail being an option for all San Francisco voters, for the November 5 election, the Department will facilitate voting at two early voting locations: the City Hall Voting Center that opened on October 7 and the San Francisco State University Voting Center set to open on November 2.

Both voting centers will serve all San Francisco residents who wish to register to vote, cast a ballot, drop off a voted vote-by-mail ballot, or obtain a replacement ballot. These voting centers will also serve residents who have missed the October 21 voter registration deadline and wish to register to vote conditionally.

For locations and hours of voting centers, visit

For more information about the November 5 election, contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or


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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