What’s on the Ballot?

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On this page you will find information about local and state voter information guides, and contests that will appear on the ballot for the next three upcoming elections.

The contests that you can vote on depend on where you live and where you are registered to vote. To view your sample ballot, use the Polling Place and Sample Ballot Lookup Tool.

Voter Information Guides

The San Francisco Department of Elections prepares a Voter Information Pamphlet before each election, which is sent to all registered voters. This pamphlet includes a sample ballot, information about voting in San Francisco, and information about local candidates and ballot measures.

For state and federal elections, voters receive two guides: the Voter Information Pamphlet, prepared by the San Francisco Department of Elections, and the California Voter Information Guide, prepared by the Secretary of State. The California Voter Information Guide contains information about state and federal offices and state ballot measures.

You may bring these pamphlets with you to your polling place. Every polling place also has copies.To learn more about options for receiving the Voter Information Pamphlet, view this short video.

  Voter Information PamphletSan Francisco Voter Information Pamphlet Voter Information GuideCalifornia Voter Information Guide

Available for state and federal elections only
When is it available online? Approximately 5 weeks before
Election Day
Approximately 4 weeks before
Election Day
Where can I read it online? voterguide.sfelections.org
November 2018 Voter Information Pamphlet (PDF)
November 2018 Audio Voter Information Pamphlet (ZIP)
voterguide.sos.ca.gov
When is it mailed? Approximately 4 to 5 weeks
before Election Day
Approximately 4 to 5 weeks
before Election Day
How can I opt out and receive by email instead? Use the Save Paper tool on
our website
Use the My Voter Status
Tool
on the Secretary of
State’s Website

Contests Appearing on the Ballot for the November 5, 2019, Consolidated Municipal Election

The table below provides information about contests that will appear on the ballot for the November 5, 2019, Consolidated Municipal Election.

For up-to-date information about candidates running for these offices, visit the Candidates page. For a list of potential local and district ballot measures, visit the Measures page.

Contest Districts Voting for Contest Contest Type Where to Learn More
Mayor Citywide Nonpartisan Office (local) SF Voter Information Pamphlet
Board of Supervisors,
District 5*
Supervisorial District 5 Nonpartisan Office (local) SF Voter Information Pamphlet
City Attorney Citywide Nonpartisan Office (local) SF Voter Information Pamphlet
District Attorney Citywide Nonpartisan Office (local) SF Voter Information Pamphlet
Public Defender* Citywide Nonpartisan Office (local) SF Voter Information Pamphlet
Sheriff Citywide Nonpartisan Office (local) SF Voter Information Pamphlet
Treasurer Citywide Nonpartisan Office (local) SF Voter Information Pamphlet
Board of Education
(one seat)*
Citywide Nonpartisan Office (local) SF Voter Information Pamphlet
Community College Board
(one seat)*
Citywide Nonpartisan Office (local) SF Voter Information Pamphlet

*This contest appears on the ballot because there was a vacancy, which was filled by appointment until voters elect someone to serve the remainder of the current term.

Contests Appearing on the Ballot for the March 3, 2020, Consolidated Presidential Primary Election

Did you know that the party preference you selected when registering to vote determines which contests will appear on your ballot for the March 3, 2020, Consolidated Presidential Primary Election?

Check your party preference and registration information using the Voter Registration Status Lookup tool. For information about what action you need to take to receive a ballot with your preferred presidential contest, visit the Voting in Presidential Primary Elections page.

The table below provides information about contests that will appear on the ballot for the March 3, 2020, Consolidated Presidential Primary Election.

Contest Districts Voting for Contest Contest Type Where to Learn More
President of the United States* Citywide Party-nominated California Secretary of State's Presidential Primary page
County Central Committee/County Council* Citywide Party Committee Candidates may have websites with information for voters
United States Representative in Congress, Districts 12 and 14 Congressional Districts 12 and 14 Voter-nominated SF Voter Information Pamphlet
State Senator, District 11 Citywide Voter-nominated SF Voter Information Pamphlet
State Assembly Member, Districts 17 and 19 Assembly Districts 17 and 19 Voter-nominated SF Voter Information Pamphlet
*The party preference you selected when you registered to vote will determine which contest, if any, will appear on your ballot.

Voters who selected a party preference when they registered will receive a ballot with that party’s candidates for President. If there is an election for the party’s county central committee/county council, the party’s governing body in San Francisco, candidates for that contest will also appear on the ballot.

Voters with a party preference cannot vote for candidates running in a different party’s presidential primary or county central committee/county council contest.

Voters who did not select a party preference, or whose preference is for a non-qualified political party in California, will receive a ballot that does not include a contest for President unless they take action. To vote for a presidential candidate in this election, these voters must specifically request a ballot of one of the parties allowing voters with no party preference to vote in its presidential primary.

For more information about what action you need to take to receive a ballot with your preferred presidential contest, visit the Voting in Presidential Primary Elections page.

Contests Appearing on the Ballot for the November 3, 2020, Consolidated General Election

The table below provides information about contests that will appear on the ballot for the November 3, 2020, Consolidated General Election.

Contest Districts Voting for Contest Contest Type Where to Learn More
President and Vice President Citywide Party-nominated Voter Information Guide
United States Representative in Congress, Districts 12 and 14 Congressional Districts 12 and 14 Voter-nominated SF Voter Information Pamphlet
State Senator, District 11 Citywide Citywide SF Voter Information Pamphlet
State Assembly Member, Districts 17 and 19 Assembly Districts 17 and 19 Voter-nominated SF Voter Information Pamphlet
BART Board of Directors, Districts 7 and 9 BART District 7 and BART District 9 Nonpartisan Office (regional) SF Voter Information Pamphlet
Board of Education (4 seats) Citywide Nonpartisan Office (local) SF Voter Information Pamphlet
Community College Board (4 seats) Citywide Nonpartisan Office (local) SF Voter Information Pamphlet
Board of Supervisors (odd-numbered districts) Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 Nonpartisan Office (local) SF Voter Information Pamphlet

Write-In Candidates

A qualified write-in candidate is a person who has submitted the required documentation to run for office, but whose name does not appear on the ballot. The only write-in votes that can be counted are votes for qualified candidates.

A list of qualified write-in candidates will be available online approximately 10 days before each election. Copies of this list will also be available at every polling place and the City Hall Voting Center.

To vote for a qualified write-in candidate who is not listed on the ballot, write the candidate's name in the space at the end of the candidate list and fill in the oval.