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 City and County Propositions Proponent(s) Proponent(s) Contact Information Proponent Argument Author(s)* Opponent Argument Author(s)*
A

Affordable Housing Bond

Board of Supervisors Jack Persons Mayor London Breed Libertarian Party of San Francisco
Charter Amendments
Letter City and County Propositions Proponent(s) Proponent(s) Contact Information Proponent Argument Author(s)* Opponent Argument Author(s)*
B

Department of Disability and Aging Services​

Board of Supervisors TBD Supervisor Norman Yee None 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)*
C

Vapor Products

Jennifer Hochstatter Jim Sutton
The Sutton Law Firm
150 Post St, Ste 405
Coalition for Reasonable Vaping Regulation Supervisor Shamann Walton
D

Traffic Congestion Mitigation Tax

Board of Supervisors TBD Mayor London Breed San Francisco Republican Party
E

Affordable Housing and Educator Housing

Four or More Members of the Board of Supervisors

Supervisors Sandra Lee Fewer, Aaron Peskin, Shamann Walton, and Matt Haney

Jackie Thornhill 
1369 Waller St, Unit A
jackiethornhill97@gmail.com
(415) 569-7771
Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer Libertarian Party of San Francisco
F

Campaign Contributions and Campaign Advertisements

Four or More Members of the Board of Supervisors

Supervisors Gordon Mar, Matt Haney, Sandra Lee Fewer, Hillary Ronen, and Rafael Mandelman

TBD Supervisor Gordon Mar San Francisco Republican Party

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 November 5, 2019 election, local and district ballot measure list will become final after the submission deadline:

  • Initiative Measures – July 8, 2019
  • Local Measures – August 2, 2019
  • District Measures – August 9, 2019

 

Draft Title of Proposed Measure Submitted for Title & Summary Title & Summary Issued Submission Deadline Proponent(s) & Contact Information Status
General Obligation Bond: Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response N/A N/A N/A Board of Supervisors Submitted to Department 7/12/2019

Declaration of Policy: Policy Calling for the City to Acquire Alcatraz Island

3/20/2019 3/22/2019 9/18/2019 Leslie Jane Richey Proof of publication received, awaiting signatures

Declaration of Policy: Alcatraz Conversion Project

8/21/2019 N/A N/A Obadiah Hotz Awaiting title and summary

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. November 5, 2019, Calendar for Ballot Measures

Resources for Ballot Measures


The San Francisco Department of Elections has prepared a guide that summarizes the requirements and procedures for qualifying Charter Amendments, Ordinances, and Declarations of Policy for the ballot through the initiative process. This guide is intended to answer common questions about the initiative process and is not intended to be all-inclusive. This guide does not have the force and effect of law, regulation, or rule, and interested parties should not rely on this guide as a substitution for consulting an attorney. This guide applies only to initiative Charter Amendments, Ordinances, and Declarations of Policy for the City and County of San Francisco.   November 5, 2019 - Guide to Qualifying San Francisco Initiative Measures (PDF)
 

Other Resources