Measures

The Department of Elections is happy to assist with your ballot measure submission needs.

 

Local and district measures qualify for the ballot in various ways. Depending on the type of proposed legislation, a measure can be:

  • Submitted after a vote by the Board of Supervisors or another agency, such as the Board of Education or Community College Board
  • Submitted by the Mayor or four or more members of the Board of Supervisors
  • Qualified through the initiative process with a sufficient number of voter signatures

An individual San Francisco voter or group of San Francisco voters may submit an initiative measure to be placed on the ballot before San Francisco voters; the Department of Elections facilitates this multi-step qualification process. For details about the initiative process, consult the resources in this section.

The Department of Elections is happy to assist with your ballot measure submission needs. To schedule an appointment, call us or use our appointment form.

For information about state ballot measures, visit the website of the California Secretary of State

Qualified Local and District Measures

The Director of Elections determines the title and letter designation of each measure. The title of each measure is subject to change prior to letter designation. If the Department of Elections receives more than one proposed proponent or opponent argument for a measure, the Department will select one proponent and one opponent argument according to priority levels and, if necessary, by lottery. If an argument designated by motion of the Board is not submitted, the Department will select according to the next priority level.

The Department requests permission from each measure’s proponent to make contact information available to the public. If there is no contact information for a particular measure on this page, the proponent has not authorized the Department to release this information.

Ballot Questions

*Persons who are entitled to submit the proponent or opponent argument for a particular measure may assign the right to submit the argument to another person or persons, provided that the assignee is eligible to submit an argument

           
Bonds
Letter School or City and County Propositions Proponent(s) Proponent(s) Contact Information Proponent Argument Author(s)* Opponent Argument Author(s)*
A City College Job Training, Repair and Earthquake Safety Measure

Requires 55% to pass

City College Board of Trustees Angeles Roy City College Board of Trustees San Francisco Republican Party
B San Francisco Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond, 2020

Requires 66 and 2/3% to pass 

Board of Supervisors Jack Gallagher
team@yesonearthquakesafety.com
Mayor London Breed No Argument Submitted
Charter Amendments
Letter City and County Propositions Proponent(s) Proponent(s) Contact Information Proponent Argument Author(s)* Opponent Argument Author(s)*
C Retiree Health Care Benefits for Former Employees of the San Francisco Housing Authority
 
Requires 50% + 1 to pass
Board of Supervisors   Mayor London Breed No Argument Submitted
Ordinances and Declarations of Policy
Letter City and County Propositions Proponent(s) Proponent(s) Contact Information Proponent Argument Author(s)* Opponent Argument Author(s)*
D Vacancy Tax
 
Requires 66 and 2/3% to pass
Board of Supervisors openforsmallbusiness@gmail.com Supervisor Aaron Peskin Benjamin Matranga
E Limits on Office Development
 
Requires 50% + 1 to pass
John Elberling Johne@todco.org Tenants and Owners Development Corporation Catherine Stefani

Potential Local and District Ballot Measures

Potential measures are posted upon submission to the Department of Elections. There may be other potential measures under consideration by the Board of Supervisors, the Mayor, or another agency that are not included on this page.

When a potential ballot measure is submitted to the Department of Elections, the Department requests permission from the measure’s proponent to make contact information available to the public. If there is no contact information for a particular measure on this page, the proponent has not authorized the Department to release this information.

For the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election, local and district ballot measure list will become final after the submission deadline:

  • Initiative Measures – November 4, 2019
  • Local Measures – November 29, 2019
  • District Measures – December 6, 2019

 

Draft Title of Proposed Measure Submitted for Title & Summary Title & Summary Issued Submission Deadline Proponent(s) & Contact Information Status

Declaration of Policy: Alcatraz Conversion Project

8/21/2019 8/30/2019 2/26/2020 Obadiah Hotz Title and summary received, awaiting proof of publication

 

         

Calendar for Ballot Measures


Ballot measure submission deadlines and related schedules are set by law and cannot be extended under any circumstance. To learn more about what activities must occur during specified periods, consult the calendar below. Use the drop-down menu to filter the list for ballot measure activities.
March 3, 2020, Calendar for Ballot MeasuresNovember 3, 2020, Calendar for Candidates