Vote-by-Mail Ballots for the November 6 Election Will Arrive in Mailboxes Soon!

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, October 5, 2018 – Voting gets underway with the mailing of the ballots for the November 6 election.

Of the nearly half a million registered voters in San Francisco, more than half (approximately 307,000) are permanent vote-by-mail voters. Many more vote by mail for just one election.

Starting next week, those who vote by mail will receive their packets that include the ballot, postage-paid return envelope, and instructions for marking the ballot and return options and deadlines.

The instructions also provide a link to a Department web tool,, which voters can use to follow their ballot 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 are registered as vote-by-mail voters may use the accessible vote-by-mail system to download and mark their ballot in a format that is readable by screen readers from any computer with internet access. Voters can access the accessible vote-by-mail system at

Non-citizen San Francisco residents registered to vote in the Board of Education Election on November 6, can check the status of their vote-by-mail ballots at On this portal, voters can also obtain information about their registration and review other relevant resources such as sample ballot and the Voter Information Booklet with information specific to Board of Education candidates.

Non-citizen voters with disabilities who have requested to vote by mail may access their ballot with only Board of Education contest at

As early voting starts next week at the City Hall Voting Center and ballots arrive at voters’ homes, Department personnel are available to provide telephone, email, and in-person assistance to answer any election questions.

For more information about the November 6 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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