Ways to Vote

Person receiving a vote-by-mail ballot


Use the links below to explore the different voting options available for San Francisco voters or go to My Election Navigator to map out your voting plan for the next election.

By Mail
On September 27, 2021, Governor Newsom signed an Assembly Bill 37, permanently requiring a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed to every active registered voter for all elections. Vote-by-mail ballot packets are sent out approximately one month prior to Election Day.
Using Accessible Vote-by-Mail System
Any voter may access their ballot using the Accessible Vote-by-Mail System (AVBM) system. The AVBM system allows voters to download and mark their ballots using internet connected devices, such as computers or tablets, and is compatible with personal assistive technology.
At the Voting Center – On or Before Election Day
During an early voting period, any voter may visit a Voting Center to pick up or drop-off their vote-by-mail ballot, register to vote, obtain personal assistance, use accessible voting equipment, obtain a replacement ballot, or cast their ballot in person.
At Your Polling Place on Election Day
Neighborhood polling places are open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for in-person voting and vote-by-mail ballot drop-off, and offer a number of resources for voters.
By authorizing another person to pick up your ballot
Any voter may authorize another individual to pick up their ballot from a Voting Center and deliver it to them. Department staff can also deliver and pick up ballots for hospitalized or homebound voters.
Conditional Voter Registration and Provisional Voting
Those who miss the voter registration deadline may visit any in-person voting location to register and cast a provisional ballot using the Conditional Voter Registration process.
Interim Guidance: Safer Voting During COVID-19 (PDF)
Interim Guidance: Safer Voting During COVID-19 was developed by the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Department of Elections in an effort to promote health and safety of voters, Department of Election staff, and associated personnel such as poll workers.