Vote at Your Polling Place
All polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Your assigned polling place and the contests that appear on your ballot are determined by where you live in San Francisco.
If you have a vote-by-mail ballot, you can drop it off—inside its signed and sealed return envelope—at any polling place on Election Day.
Find Your Polling Place
A complete list of polling places for the November 5 election will be available late September.
Use the Department’s Polling Place and Sample Ballot Lookup Tool to access your polling place details, including type of the facility (such as school or public library), cross streets, and accessibility information, such as slope at the entrance. The tool connects with Google Maps, allowing you to get door-to-door walking, public transit, bicycling, or driving directions.
Every San Francisco polling place has the official ballots in English, Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino, and reference ballots in Vietnamese and Korean (a reference ballot is a translated replica of the official ballot that a voter can use when voting the official ballot).
Paper, touchscreen, and audio ballots are available at every polling place. To assist with marking a paper ballot, the Department provides easy-grip pens and optical sheets that magnify print.
If you need assistance when voting, ask a poll worker! Poll workers wear name badges that indicate what languages they speak, and will be happy to help you! You may also bring up to two people with you to your polling place, as long as they are not representatives of your employer or your union.
Why Polling Place Assignments Matter
Voters in different parts of the City vote on different contests, based on the voting districts where they live. It is important to vote at your assigned polling place so that your ballot includes all candidates and contests for which you are eligible to vote.
If you vote at a polling place that is not your assigned polling place:
- Your name will not be printed on the roster of voters
- You will be issued a provisional ballot that might not contain all of the contests for which you are eligible to vote
If you cannot go to your assigned polling place on Election Day, we encourage you to take advantage of early voting opportunities, either at the City Hall Voting Center or by mail.
What to Bring to Your Polling Place
You do not need to bring anything with you to vote. However, you are welcome to bring your sample ballot, ballot worksheet, or other materials to help you cast your vote.
In limited circumstances, certain voters may be asked to provide identification— a photocopy of their current, valid photo identification or their current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or a government document that shows their name and address—the first time they vote, to meet federal requirements under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). If you are a first-time voter who registered by mail without providing a California driver’s license or state identification number or the last four digits of your Social Security number, you will be asked to show an accepted form of identification. If you do not provide identification, you may cast a provisional ballot. To learn if this situation applies to you, check the Voter Registration Status Lookup tool.
“Help! My Name is not in the Roster!”
If your name is not in the roster of voters, you might not be registered to vote or you might have gone to a polling place other than where you are assigned. Use the Voter Registration Status Lookup tool to check your registration status and the Polling Place and Sample Ballot Lookup Tool to check your polling place assignment.
If you are not registered because you missed the registration deadline, you may register and vote a provisional ballot at the Department of Elections Voting Center in City Hall, room 48, until 8 p.m. on Election Day. View the Provisional Voting page for more information.