Conditional Voter Registration and Provisional Voting

Provisional Voting- Conditional Voter Registration

 

San Franciscans who miss the registration deadline on October 19 still have the opportunity to vote in the November 3 election.

Those who are eligible to vote may register in person and vote a provisional ballot through the close of polls on Election Day, November 3, using a process called conditional voter registration.

Conditional voter registration is available at all 588 polling places as well as the City Hall Voting Center, located outside the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on 99 Grove Street. (For hours and locations, visit the Ways to Vote page.)

Voters may check the status of their provisional ballots using the Voter Portal or Provisional Ballot Status Lookup tool. Provided a voter is eligible to vote in San Francisco and has not cast another ballot, the Department of Elections will count the voter’s provisional ballot after processing the voter’s conditional registration application.

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. What is the process for casting a CVR ballot?
  6. When will CVR provisional ballots be counted?
  7. How can I confirm my CVR provisional ballot was counted?
  8. Will my CVR registration be valid for the next election?
  9. Are accessible voting options available to CVR voters?
  10. 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 at the City Hall Voting Center and at all polling places on Election Day, Tuesday, November 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, October 19, 2020, you can register to vote by visiting registertovote.ca.gov or by submitting a paper registration application. After October 19, you can use conditional voter registration (CVR) at your polling place or the City Hall Voting Center.

    To locate your polling place, use the Polling Place Lookup tool. For voting center hours and information, 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 the City Hall Voting Center or any 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 October 19, 2020, you can update your address by reregistering at registertovote.ca.gov or by submitting a paper registration application. After October 19, you can use conditional voter registration (CVR) at your polling place or the City Hall Voting Center.

    To locate your polling place, use the Polling Place Lookup tool. For voting center hours, visit the Vote at a Voting Center page.
     
  5. 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 the City Hall Voting Center or any polling place in San Francisco.

    If you plan to use CVR at the 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).
     
  6. 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.
     
  7. 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.
     
  8. 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.
     
  9. Are accessible voting options available to CVR voters?
    Yes. All polling places and the Voting Center have accessible Ballot-Marking Devices and other assistive tools available for all voters. For more information, visit the Accessible Voting and Services page.
     
  10. 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 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.