What’s on the Ballot?

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On this page you can find information about local and state voter information guides, review the contest on your ballot for the upcoming election, and view a list of certified write-in candidates.

Voter Information Guides

For every election, the San Francisco Department of Elections produces a non-partisan Voter Information Pamphlet (VIP) with the purpose of providing information about voting. The VIP also includes your sample ballot for the September 14, 2021, California Gubernatorial Recall Election.

The VIP is available online in PDF, HTML, XML, or MP3 format at sfelections.org/vip and in large print, CD audio, USB, and National Library Service (NLS) cartridge by request.

For the September 14, 2021, California Gubernatorial Recall Election, voters will also receive a Voter Information Guide (VIG) prepared by the California Secretary of State. The VIG includes information about gubernatorial replacement candidates.

The VIG is available online in PDF, American Sign Language, and streaming audio at voterguide.sos.ca.gov and in large print and CD audio by request.

Want to save paper? Per elections law, elections officials must mail all registered voters hard copy voter guides, with the exception of those who have opted out of hard copy mailings in favor of electronic delivery. To opt in or out of hard copy voter guide mailings, please submit your request using the Voter Portal.

You may bring your voter guides with you to your polling place. Every polling place also has copies.

  Voter Information PamphletSan Francisco Voter Information Pamphlet
Voter Information GuideCalifornia Voter Information Guide
When is it available online? Approximately 5 weeks before
Election Day
Approximately 4 weeks before
Election Day
Where can I read it online? Voter Information Pamphlet, September 14, 2021 Election (PDF)
Voter Information Pamphlet (Large Print PDF)
Audio Voter Information Pamphlet (Zipped MP3)
When is it mailed? Approximately 4 to 5 weeks
before Election Day
Approximately 4 to 5 weeks
before Election Day

The September 14, 2021, Gubernatorial Recall Election Ballot

The gubernatorial recall contest is the only contest on the September 14 election ballot, but it has two parts: the recall question, and the list of replacement candidates. To view your sample ballot, use the Voter Portal.

For information about the upcoming gubernatorial recall election, please visit the California Secretary of State’s webpage, review our Frequently Asked Questions, or contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or sfvote@sfgov.org.

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.

See a certified list of qualified write-in candidates for the September 14, 2021, California Gubernatorial Recall Election (PDF). Copies of this list will also be available at every polling place and 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.