Vote at the Voting Center - On or Before Election Day

 Entrance of City Hall with sign advertising Voting Center

 

In accordance with recent changes in the law, the San Francisco Department of Elections will mail vote-by-mail ballots and permit access to the accessible vote-by-mail (AVBM) system to all registered voters for the November 3, 2020, Consolidated General Election. The Department will also provide in-person voting services at the Voting Center and 588 polling places.

To protect public health, the Voting Center will be set up in front of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on 99 Grove Street, between Polk and Larkin streets.

If you plan to vote at the Voting Center in the upcoming election, we invite you to explore this page and to contact the Department of Elections with any questions. If you are still deciding how to vote in the upcoming election, or want to learn more about the different voting options that will be available, we invite you to visit the Ways to Vote page.

Voting Tip: Use your Ballot Worksheet!

With so many items on the ballot in the upcoming election, the Ballot Worksheet (PDF) can make voting in person quicker and easier. This worksheet, which lists every contest and measure throughout the City, is a tool to help voters mark their selections in advance to save time and prevent mistakes when marking the official ballot. The worksheet is also available in the Voter Information Pamphlet, sent to every voter in early October.

Voting Center Resources

 

The Voting Center will provide ballots and services to all City residents* who wish to pick up or drop off vote-by-mail ballots, register to vote (before or after the registration deadline), obtain personal assistance, use accessible voting equipment, obtain replacement ballots, or cast their ballots in person.


The Voting Center will also offer accessible voting tools such as page magnifiers, pen grips, and seated voting, as well as accessible ballot-marking devices with touchscreen/audio format and personal assistive device compatibility.

Any voter may request to vote “curbside” at the Voting Center by calling (415) 554-4375 or by asking a companion to enter the voting center to request delivery of voting materials to the voter.

*Proposition N extended voting rights in local School Board elections to non-citizen residents of San Francisco who are of legal voting age, not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction, who are the parents, legal guardians, or legally recognized caregivers of children under the age of 19 living in San Francisco. Visit the Non-Citizen Voting and Registration page for more information.

Voting Center Location, Hours, and Wait Times

To protect the health of voters wishing to obtain in-person voting services during the 29-day early voting period, the Voting Center will be set up in the area outside of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on 99 Grove Street, between Polk and Larkin streets.

The Voting Center will be open during the 29-day early voting period during these times:

  • Every weekday, October 5-November 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. *
  • Three weekends, October 17-18, October 24-25 and October 31-November 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (same voting hours as polling places).

*The Voting Center will be closed on Monday, October 12 in observation of Indigenous Peoples' Day.

To make their voting experience faster and safer, voters can use the Voting Locations and Wait Times Tool to check wait times at the Voting Center as they are planning their trip.

With early voting opportunities available 29 days before Election Day, we encourage you to vote as early as possible. If you vote early in person or by mail, you will avoid possible wait times and crowded public spaces, and your ballot will be reviewed and counted well before Election Day.

Standard Voting at the Voting Center

For most San Franciscans, voting at the voting center involves three basic steps: First, voters will provide their information to a voting center representative and indicate whether they prefer to vote at the voting center or pick up a ballot to vote elsewhere and return later. Second, the voting center representative will find the voter in the registration database and issue an official ballot, along with a return envelope, voting instructions, and an “I Voted!” sticker. Third, the voter will either mark the ballot at the voting center and drop it into a red ballot box, or take the ballot with them to vote and return at a later time.

Conditional Voter Registration and Provisional Voting at the Voting Center

If a voter is not registered anywhere in San Francisco, the voter’s name will not be listed in the registration database. In that case, the voter can register conditionally and vote provisionally. Then, provided the voter is eligible to vote in San Francisco, Department staff will count the voter’s provisional ballot after processing the conditional registration form. Visit the Conditional Voter Registration and Provisional Voting page for more information.

If a voter, whose registration record does not include identification information, is participating for the first time in a federal election, a voting center representative will ask the voter to provide a form of photo or residence identification (most voters already have this information in their voter records and will not be asked to show any identification). If such a voter does not provide identification, the voter can still vote provisionally in the election. Visit the California Secretary of State’s HAVA Identification Standards page for more information.

Voting Center Health and Safety

In compliance with current guidance from public health officials, the Department of Elections has adopted several new health and safety protocols at its in-person voting locations. The Department will offer hand sanitizer, gloves, and facemasks to all voters and post notices asking voters and observers to observe health guidelines, including those regarding facial coverings, hand hygiene, and social distancing rules, at all in-person voting locations.

The Department will also introduce new sanitation and disinfection protocols for the voting supplies and equipment used at all in-person voting locations.

The Voting Center will be set up to maintain 6 foot distances between people in line, computer workstations, voting booths, and ballot return boxes.

If you decide to vote in person in the upcoming election, please remember to wear a face covering so you can protect public health and comply with local law.