Voters who Miss the Registration Deadline

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The Department of Elections strives to ensure every eligible San Francisco resident has the opportunity to register and vote. If any of these circumstances apply to you, read on for important information. For more information, contact us through our contact form or call (415) 554-4375.

Voters who Miss the Registration Deadline

If you missed the deadline to register to vote, it’s not too late!

Conditional Voter Registration (CVR), which was enacted in 2012 and became operative on January 1, 2017, extends the existing 15-day registration deadline in California to eligible voters. During the 14 days prior to and including Election Day, Tuesday, June 5, San Franciscans who missed the registration deadline, can come to the Department of Elections’ Voting Center in City Hall to register to vote and cast a provisional CVR ballot. Review the following FAQs to learn more about CVR.

  1. I missed the registration deadline for the June 5 election, can I still vote?
  2. What are Voting Center hours during CVR period?
  3. Will I be able to cast a CVR provisional ballot on the same day I register to vote?
  4. Can I register to vote after the registration deadline and before I come to the Voting Center to cast a CVR provisional ballot?
  5. Can I register to vote after the registration deadline and request a CVR provisional ballot be sent to me in the mail?
  6. What is the process for casting a CVR provisional ballot?
  7. Are accessible voting options available to CVR voters?
  8. When will the Department of Elections begin processing and counting CVR provisional ballots?
  9. How can I check if my CVR provisional ballot was counted?
  10. Will my registration be valid for the next election if I conditionally register during the CVR period?
  11. When is the deadline to register to vote for the June 5 election?
  12. How can I check if I am registered to vote in San Francisco?
  13. I moved within San Francisco and did not update my address before the registration deadline. Where can I vote?
  14. I moved to San Francisco from another county or state and did not re-register in San Francisco. Where can I vote?
  15. With Conditional Voter Registration now being available through Election Day, what is the need for the 15-day cutoff for regular registration?
  16. What if I have questions or need help?
  1. I missed the registration deadline for the June 5 election, can I still vote?
    Yes! If you missed the registration deadline on May 21, you can register to vote and cast a provisional CVR ballot at the Department of Elections’ Voting Center in City Hall, Room 48 during voting hours from Tuesday, May 22 to Election Day, Tuesday, June 5.
  2. What are Voting Center hours during CVR period?
    The CVR period begins on Tuesday, May 22 and continues until Election Day, Tuesday, June 5. During this period, the Voting Center is open as follows:
    • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Memorial Day)
    • Saturday and Sunday, two weekends before Election Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Election Day, Tuesday, June 5, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  3. Will I be able to cast a CVR provisional ballot on the same day I register to vote?
    Yes. You will be able to register and vote a CVR provisional ballot at the same time, but only at the Department of Elections’ Voting Center in City Hall, Room 48. By law, CVR is not offered at polling places on Election Day.
  4. Can I register to vote after the registration deadline and before I come to the Voting Center to cast a CVR provisional ballot?
    Yes. You can register online at registertovote.ca.gov or bring your completed voter registration card to the Voting Center. When you arrive, Department staff will process your registration prior to issuing you a CVR provisional ballot.
  5. Can I register to vote after the registration deadline and request a CVR provisional ballot be sent to me in the mail?
    No. A CVR voter must be issued a CVR provisional ballot at the Department of Elections’ Voting Center in City Hall, Room 48.
  6. What is the process for casting a CVR provisional ballot?
    When you arrive to the Voting Center, fill out a voter registration card (unless you have already filled out an application online or brought a completed card with you) and a ballot application.
    When you reach one of the stations at the Voting Center, Department staff will process your registration and provide you with the ballot and a CVR provisional envelope.
    After marking your ballot, seal ballot cards in the envelope, complete the required information on the envelope, and sign the envelope. Remove the detachable receipt from the envelope and drop the envelope into a ballot return Red Box. You can use your receipt to check the status of your CVR provisional ballot.
  7. Are accessible voting options available to CVR voters?
    Yes. CVR voters can use an accessible voting machine to cast their vote by using either a touchscreen or audio ballot, or any other assistive tools available at the City Hall Voting Center.
  8. When will the Department of Elections begin processing and counting CVR provisional ballots?
    CVR provisional ballots will be processed and counted in accordance with the vote-by-mail provisions of California Elections Code commencing with section 15100, which allows for vote-by-mail ballots to be processed beginning on the 10th business day prior to the election.
    Your ballot will be counted after Department staff process your voter registration and confirm you did not already vote in the election.
  9. How can I check if my CVR provisional ballot was counted?
    Use the Provisional Ballot Status Lookup Tool to check the status of your ballot by entering the number located on the receipt from your CVR Provisional Ballot Envelope.
    You can also call the Department of Elections’ toll-free telephone number, (866) 325-9163, or (415) 554-4375.
  10. Will my registration be valid for the next election if I conditionally register during the CVR period?
    Yes. You will be registered to vote under the name and address you provided on your voter registration card. Note that you will need to update your registration anytime you move, change your name, or change your political party preference.
  11. When is the deadline to register to vote for the June 5 election?
    The deadline to register to vote for the June 5 election is Monday, May 21, which is 15 days before Election Day.
  12. How can I check if I am registered to vote in San Francisco?
    Use the Voter Registration Status Lookup Tool or contact the Department at (415) 554-4375 to confirm your registration status in San Francisco.
    To check if you are registered to vote in another county, visit voterstatus.sos.ca.gov.
  13. I moved within San Francisco and did not update my address before the registration deadline. Where can I vote?
    If you are registered to vote in San Francisco and moved within the City after the registration deadline, you can vote a provisional ballot at your new polling place on Election Day or a CVR provisional ballot at the City Hall Voting Center.
    To check the location of your new polling place, use the Polling Place and Sample Ballot Lookup Tool.
  14. I moved to San Francisco from another county or state and did not re-register in San Francisco. Where can I vote?
    You can register and vote a CVR provisional ballot at the City Hall Voting Center during voting hours from Tuesday, May 22 to Election Day, Tuesday, June 5.
  15. With Conditional Voter Registration now being available through Election Day, what is the need for the 15-day cutoff for regular registration?
    The 15-day cutoff is still important for determining which voters are included on the polling place Rosters of Voters and are eligible to vote at the polls.
  16. What if I have questions or need help?
    If you have questions about CVR or other election- or voting-related matters, contact the Department of Elections:
            Email: SFVote@sfgov.org
            Telephone: (415) 554-4375 or (866) 325-9163 toll free
            TTY:  (415) 554-4386
            In person: City Hall, Room 48, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.