Explore Outreach Efforts

Elections Outreach staff at a park educating a San Francisco resident about registration options


In communicating with residents of the City, the Department of Elections strives to reach voters and prospective registrants in all of the City’s communities, including members of the City’s language minority groups, seniors and voters with disabilities, voters living in neighborhoods with turnout below the City’s average turnout, voters who are unhoused or housing insecure, and young and first-time voters. To that end, the Department maintains a wide variety of general and election-specific voter education programs.

For each election, the Department utilizes various strategies to broadcast key dates, such as the last day to register to vote online or by mail (there is no deadline to register in person), the first day to vote, and the last day to vote (Election Day). In compliance with applicable law, including the Voting Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the California Elections Code, and the San Francisco Language Access Ordinance, the Department also publishes essential information about language services, accessibility voting services and tools, ranked-choice voting in local contests, and opportunities for civic engagement, such as poll worker service and public observation of election processes.

Current outreach strategies are designed to reach San Francisco residents using predominantly low-contact or no-contact methods. Although the current social distancing rules prohibiting large gatherings have required the Department to postpone most of its live outreach events, the Department intends to reach City residents with remote outreach and enhanced partnerships with local agencies and organizations.

For more information about the current schedule of presentations events, view the Outreach Calendar.

General questions or comments? Please use our contact form.

Outreach Plan for the November 3, 2020, Election

By providing comprehensive digital resources, sending a series of mail and email notices, and extending its remote reach through local partnerships, the Department of Elections intends to saturate the City with key information about the November 3, 2020, Election

We invite you to review the Draft 2020 Outreach Plan (PDF) and to provide feedback using the Feedback Form (PDF), emailing sfoutreach@sfgov.org, calling (415) 554-5685, or scheduling a time to visit the Department’s office to speak to a member of the Outreach Team.

Want to View or Request Printed Outreach Materials?

The Department of Elections produces an array of print materials with information about key dates and deadlines for the upcoming election, registration, ranked-choice voting, voting options, key features of the City’s voting system, and more. All materials are available in English, Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino.

Hard copies of all brochures and posters are available for distribution to community organizations upon request, with downloadable versions available on this page.

To request hard copies, please use our Voter Outreach Materials Request Form or call (415) 554-5685.

Interested in Scheduling an Outreach Event?

The Department of Elections is the official source for non-partisan election information in San Francisco. All presentations are available in English, Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino and can be customized according to the particular needs of your organization. Please use our contact form or call (415) 554-5685 to schedule an event.

November 3, 2020 Election Presentation — Online or in small groups, multilingual Department of Elections staff will present a 30-minute, non-partisan slide show highlighting key dates and deadlines for the upcoming election, discuss how to register to vote, explain ranked-choice voting, describe voting options, and highlight key features of the City’s voting system.

Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV) Presentation — Online or in small groups, multilingual Department of Elections staff will present information about how to mark ranked-choice voting contests, explain why most local offices are filled using ranked-choice voting, answer frequently asked questions, and more.

Accessible Voting Services Presentation — Online or in small groups, multilingual Department of Elections staff will review accessible services and materials offered by the Department to ensure voters have the information and resources necessary to vote privately and independently.

Voter Registration Drive Training — Online or in small groups, multilingual staff will train an individual or organization to conduct a voter registration drive in accordance with state law. Download the Voter Registration Drive Training Guide (PDF) to review the requirements for conducting a registration drive, and then complete the Statement of Distribution (PDF) form to request hard copy voter registration affidavits.

Election Resource Table — Multilingual staff will provide non-partisan election information and voter education materials at nearly any small group event, including a candidate forum. Outreach staff can present a brief overview of any combination of: 1) key election dates and deadlines, 2) an explanation of ranked-choice voting, 3) basic voter registration facts, and 4) voting option information.

Request for Proposals: 2020 Voter Outreach Partnership

The Department of Elections (Department) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) (PDF) with the goal of supplementing its outreach efforts about the November 3, 2020, election to current and prospective voters in vulnerable or hard-to-reach communities.

The Department is seeking proposals from local non-profit and community-based organizations who can assist in disseminating information about election services and voting options in the November 3 election, and the recently introduced ranked-choice voting ballot format that allows voters to rank up to 10 candidates in a given contest.

2020 Voter Partnership RFP Addendum (PDF)
2020 Voter Partnership RFP Questions and Answers (PDF)
Notice of Intent to Award - A. Philip Randolph Institute San Francisco (PDF)
Notice of Intent to Award - Chinatown Community Development Center (Chinatown CDC) (PDF)
Notice of Intent to Award - Chinese Newcomers Service Center (PDF)
Notice of Intent to Award - Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth (PDF)
Notice of Intent to Award - Filipino-American Development Foundation (PDF)
Notice of Intent to Award - San Francisco Rising (PDF)
Notice of Intent to Award - San Francisco Study Center (PDF)
Notice of Intent to Award - SF Shanghai Association (PDF)