Host a Polling Place

Polling place sign posted on the outside of a San Francisco polling place


The Department of Elections is responsible for providing polling places for over 500 San Francisco voting precincts. Because the Department does not own any of the sites that serve as polling places, we rely on the community to provide spaces on Election Day. Every election, we must relocate an average of 75 polling places because the previous sites are not available. We are always on the lookout for clean, well-lit, accessible sites throughout the City. To learn more about how the Department determines polling place accessibility, view this short video.

By offering your property as a polling place, you provide a valuable service to the voters in your neighborhood. It’s also a great way to get to know your neighbors!

Apply to Host a Polling Place

If you have a garage, recreation room, lobby, or other space that might be usable, apply to host a polling place!

Apply online or by phone at (415) 554-4551. We will contact you to schedule an appointment at your facility so we can conduct a polling place survey and talk about the process of hosting a polling place.

You and your family can also participate by volunteering to work as poll workers on Election Day! Poll workers earn between $225 and $295 for their service, which you can earn in addition to your stipend for hosting a polling place.

If you prefer a more hands-off approach, you may lend us a key or garage door opener so we can access your facility and administer voting without taking a second of your time.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Your Polling Place Profile

If you are already a polling place host, you can log in to your Polling Place Profile, where you can view your scheduled appointment for polling place equipment delivery, a list of the poll workers who are currently assigned to your polling place, and an overview of what to expect before, during, and after Election Day.