Vote at the Voting Center - On or Before Election Day
If you plan to vote at a Voting Center, we invite you to explore this page and to contact the Department of Elections with any questions.
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.
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 page for more information. California Secretary of State’s HAVA Identification Standards