Host a Polling Place
The Department of Elections is responsible for providing polling places for nearly 600 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! We are currently recruiting polling places for the Consolidated Statewide Direct Primary Election on June 5, 2018! The specific areas where the Department is looking for polling places can be viewed at sfelections.org/tools/map_pollsite/.
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!
You will earn $180 for hosting a polling place on Election Day. If you commit to hosting both 2018 elections (the primary on June 5 and the general election on November 6), you will receive a $30 bonus to your November stipend, for a total of $390 for the year.
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 $145–$200 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.