Vote at Your Polling Place

Voters participating in an election at a San Francisco polling place

 

Any San Francisco voter may visit a polling place on Election Day to vote or drop off their vote-by-mail ballot during voting hours from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters may check their polling place assignment on the back cover of the Voter Information Pamphlet that mailed out approximately one month before Election Day, or by using the Voting Site and Wait Times Lookup Tool. A list of polling places, along with available language resources, will be posted on this page approximately one month prior to each Election Day.

All election materials and official ballots at polling places are available in Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino, in addition to English, and the Department of Elections staffs many polling places with bilingual poll workers who speak those languages. In specific neighborhoods, facsimile (reference) ballots and in-person language assistance will also be available in Burmese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese.

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!)

Standard Voting

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.

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 California Secretary of State’s HAVA Identification Standards page for more information..