Conditional Voter Registration and Provisional Voting

Provisional Voting- Conditional Voter Registration

 

Missed the February 18, 2020 registration deadline? You can still register and vote!

If you are eligible to vote in San Francisco, you may register conditionally and vote provisionally after February 18 at your polling place or any voting center using a process called Conditional Voter Registration (CVR).

The Department of Elections will count your provisional ballot after processing your conditional voter registration, confirming your eligibility and verifying you have not already cast a ballot in this election. You can check the status of your provisional ballot using the Voter Portal or Provisional Ballot Status Lookup tool.

To locate your assigned polling place, visit the Vote at Your Polling Place page. For voting center locations and hours, visit the Vote at a Voting Center page.

Conditional Voter Registration FAQs

  1. What is Conditional Voter Registration?
  2. How do I know if I am registered to vote in San Francisco?
  3. Can I vote in San Francisco if I am not registered?
  4. I moved within San Francisco but am still registered at my previous address. Where can I vote?
  5. I no longer have a preference for the party with which I am registered to vote. Does it matter?
  6. What is the process for casting a CVR ballot?
  7. When will CVR provisional ballots be counted?
  8. How can I confirm my CVR provisional ballot was counted?
  9. Will my CVR registration be valid for the next election?
  10. Are accessible voting options available to CVR voters?
  11. What if I have questions or need help?
  1. What is Conditional Voter Registration?
    Since 2017, eligible California residents have used Conditional Voter Registration (CVR) to register or update information in their registration records after the traditional 15-day registration deadline and vote provisionally up through Election Day.

    Voters will be able to use CVR not only at voting centers, but also at all polling places on Election Day, Tuesday, March 3.
     
  2. How do I know if I am registered to vote in San Francisco?
    Use the Voter Portal or call (415) 554-4375. To check if you are registered anywhere in California, visit voterstatus.ca.gov.
     
  3. Can I vote in San Francisco if I am not registered?
    Yes, provided you are eligible. Before the registration deadline, February 18, 2020, you can register to vote by visiting registertovote.ca.gov or by submitting a paper registration application. After February 18, you can use conditional voter registration (CVR) at your polling place or at one of San Francisco’s voting centers.

    To locate your polling place, use the Polling Place Lookup tool. For voting center locations and hours, visit the Vote at a Voting Center page.
     
  4. I moved within San Francisco but am still registered at my previous address. Where can I vote?
    You can vote and update your address at any voting center or polling place. If voting at a polling place, it is important to visit your assigned polling place based on your new address, so that your ballot includes all the contests in which you are eligible to vote.

    Before February 18, 2020, you can update your address by reregistering at registertovote.ca.gov or by submitting a paper registration application. After February 18, you can use conditional voter registration (CVR) at your polling place or at one of San Francisco’s voting centers.

    To locate your polling place, use the Polling Place Lookup tool. For voting center locations and hours, visit the Vote at a Voting Center page.
     
  5. I no longer have a preference for the party with which I am registered to vote. Does it matter?
    Use the March 2020 Presidential Primary Ballot Tool to see if you need to take action to get the ballot you want.

    If you want to reregister with a new party preference before February 18, 2020, you can submit a paper registration application or reregister at registertovote.ca.gov. To change, add, or remove your party preference after the registration deadline, complete a Political Party Preference Change Form at any voting center or polling place.
     
  6. What is the process for casting a CVR ballot?
    The process consists of two steps: 1) registering conditionally, and 2) voting provisionally. You can cast a CVR ballot at any voting center or polling place in San Francisco.

    If you plan to use CVR at a voting center, you can register online beforehand at registertovote.ca.gov (Poll workers do not have access to online registrations, so polling place CVR voters will need to complete paper registration applications).
     
  7. When will CVR provisional ballots be counted?
    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.
     
  8. How can I confirm my CVR provisional ballot was counted?
    Use the Voter Portal or enter the number on your CVR envelope receipt into the Provisional Ballot Status Lookup tool. You can also call toll-free (866) 325-9163 or (415) 554-4375.
     
  9. Will my CVR registration be valid for the next election?
    Yes. You will be registered to vote with the information you provide on your voter registration application.
     
  10. Are accessible voting options available to CVR voters?
    Yes. All polling places and voting centers have accessible Ballot-Marking Devices and other assistive tools available for all voters. For more information, visit the Accessible Voting and Services page.
     
  11. What if I have questions or need help?
    If you have questions about CVR or other election- or voting-related matters, contact the Department of Elections:     Email:SFVote@sfgov.org
        Telephone: (415) 554-4375 or (866) 325-9163 toll free
        TTY: (415) 554-4386
        In person: City Hall, Room 48, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Provisional Voting

Any voter whose eligibility to cast a ballot cannot be immediately verified must vote provisionally. Some common reasons include:

  1. The voter is not listed in the Roster of Voters (is not registered or registered in a different precinct)
  2. The voter is unable to surrender/exchange a previously issued vote-by-mail ballot packet, and
  3. The voter has an incomplete registration and is unable to show an acceptable form of identification.

The processing of provisional ballots begins after Election Day and is open to public observation. The Department of Elections counts a provisional ballot after reviewing information on the envelope, verifying the voter who cast the ballot was eligible to do so, and updating or inputting the voter’s data into the Department’s Election Information Management System (EIMS) using information from provisional envelope.

If the provisional ballot has the same contests as the ballots used in the voter’s assigned precinct, then all of the votes are counted. If the provisional ballot has certain contests that were not included on the ballots in the voter’s assigned precinct, the Department counts only the votes for the contests in which the voter was entitled to vote.

Voters may use the Voter Portal or Provisional Ballot Status Lookup tool to check the status of their provisional ballots.