PR October 26, 2006 -The Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot and the Commencment of Weekend Voting for the November 7, 2006 Consolidated General Election


DEPARTMENT OF ELECTIONS
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE DEPARTMENT OF ELECTIONS ANNOUNCES THE DEADLINE TO REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT AND THE COMMENCEMENT OF WEEKEND VOTING FOR THE NOVEMBER 7, 2006 CONSOLIDATED GENERAL ELECTION

San Francisco, October 26, 2006 – The San Francisco Department of Elections would like to remind voters and the media that Tuesday, October 31, 2006 is the last day to request an absentee ballot for the upcoming Consolidated General Election on November 7, 2006.

Three easy ways to obtain an absentee ballot:
1. Complete the application found on the back cover of the local Voter Information Pamphlet.
2. Download and complete the application found on the Department's website: From the right side of the page, select the link called Voting and then from the next page, select the link for the absentee ballot application at the bottom of the web page in English, Spanish, or Chinese.
3. Write the Department of Elections a letter or postcard. Be sure to include your printed name and signature, date of birth, your residence address, and any address you wish the ballot to be mailed if different from your residence. You may also wish include your telephone number so the Department can contact you if necessary.

All completed absentee ballot application forms must be filed with the Department of Elections by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2006. Voters can send us their request by fax (415-554-4372) or mail directly to the Department to 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, City Hall, Room 48.

The Department of Elections would also like to remind San Francisco voters that they can also come to the office, Room 48 in City Hall, to obtain an absentee ballot in person. The Department will be open for weekend voting, October 28 and 29 and November 4 and 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Voters can return their voted ballot by mail for FREE (postage is paid in San Francisco) or drop it off at any one of the 561 polling places or City Hall. All voted absentee ballots must be received by the Department of Elections by 8:00 p.m. at the close of polls on Election Day.

The Department would also like to remind voters they will use Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV) to elect the Assessor-Recorder, Public Defender and members of the Board of Supervisors in Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. RCV allows voters to rank up to three qualified candidates for the same office.

To find out more about absentee voting, what's on the ballot, ranked-choice voting, the Department's Inmate Voting program, or how to find your polling place please contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or visit www.sfgov.org/election.

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