Ways to Vote

Person receiving a vote-by-mail ballot


Use the links below to learn about the different voting options available for San Francisco voters.

By Mail
All registered voters in California will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 3, 2020, Election. Your ballot will be sent to your home address unless your voter record has a different mailing address.
Using Accessible Vote-by-Mail System
All registered voters in California may access their ballots using a remote accessible vote-by-mail (AVBM) system for the November 3, 2020, Election. The AVBM System allows voters to download and mark their ballots using common internet-connected devices, such as computers or tablets, and is compatible with personal assistive technology.
At the Voting Center – On or Before Election Day
The Voting Center will provide ballots and services to all City residents who wish to pick up or drop off vote-by-mail ballots, register to vote, obtain personal assistance, use accessible voting equipment, obtain replacement ballots, or cast their ballots in person. To protect public health, the Voting Center will be set up in front of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on 99 Grove Street, between Polk and Larkin streets.
At Your Polling Place on Election Day
The Department will offer in-person voting services at 588 neighborhood polling places on Election Day, November 3, 2020. Polling places will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
By authorizing another person to pick up your ballot
Beginning October 5, any registered voter may authorize a family member or housemate to pick up their ballot from the Voting center and deliver it to them. From October 28 through Election Day, November 3, any registered voter unable to travel to a polling place or voting center because of illness, disability, or confinement to home or hospital, including a voter under COVID-19 related quarantine, may authorize anyone to pick up their ballot and deliver it to them. During this period, Department of Elections 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 on October 19 may visit the Voting Center or a polling place 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.