Vote at Your Polling Place
If you plan to vote at a polling place on Election Day, we invite you to explore this page and to contact the Department of Elections with any questions.
Polling Place Resources
All polling places in the City offer bilingual paper ballots in English and either Chinese, Spanish, or Filipino, as well as language assistance from bilingual poll workers on request. In certain neighborhoods, as designated by the Secretary of State, polling places will also offer facsimile (reference) ballots in Burmese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese.
All polling places 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 bring up to two people to the polls to assist them, as long as those people are not representatives of the voter’s employer or union.
Any voter may request to vote “curbside” at any polling place by calling (415) 554-4375 or by asking a companion to enter the polling place to request delivery of voting materials to the voter outside.
Poll workers, many of whom are bilingual, are another resource available to voters, as they can provide assistance and materials, answer questions, and help voters navigate the voting process. (Interested in serving your community as a poll worker on Election Day? !) Apply today
For most San Franciscans, voting at a polling place involves three basic steps: First, a poll worker will find the voter’s name and address in the roster and issue an official ballot, along with a secrecy folder. (The voter may also choose to use the accessible ballot-marking device to mark their ballot.) Second, the voter will take the ballot to a voting booth, make selections, and place the marked ballot into the secrecy folder. Finally, the voter will insert the marked ballot cards into to the scanning machine and receive an “I Voted!” sticker.
If a voter is registered to vote only in the Board of Education election per Proposition N, the poll worker will issue an “EDU” ballot listing the Board of Education contest only. (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 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.
Conditional Voter Registration and Provisional Voting
If a voter is not registered in the polling place’s precinct, or is not registered to vote at all, the voter’s name will not be listed on the polling place roster. In that case, the voter can choose to vote provisionally and provide registration information on the provisional envelope, using the Conditional Voter Registration process. Then, if the voter is eligible to vote in San Francisco, Department staff will process the voter’s registration information and count the voter’s provisional ballot. 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 poll worker 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. Visit the page for more information.. California Secretary of State’s HAVA Identification Standards
Polling Place Health and Safety
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.
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 poll workers, and post notices asking voters and observers to follow health guidelines, including those regarding facial coverings, hand hygiene, and social distancing rules, at all polling places.
Poll workers will also set up each polling place to maintain 6-foot distances between tables, voting booths, and voting equipment. The layouts of polling places will continue to take into account the needs of voters with disabilities, so that such voters can move freely through polling places and vote privately and independently.
As part of its effort to protect public health in the upcoming election, the Department will also introduce new sanitation and disinfection protocols for the voting supplies and equipment used at polling places. Hand sanitizers and EPA-approved disinfectants will be available at all sites and all elections workers will be trained on how to regularly clean check-in stations, ballot-marking pens, voting booths, voting equipment, and other high touch areas.