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 Voter Portal.

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
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 2020 Voter Information Pamphlet (PDF)
November 2020 Audio Voter Information Pamphlet (Zipped MP3, 150MB)
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 Voter Portal on
our website
Use the My Voter Status
Tool
on the Secretary of
State’s Website

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 Voter-nominated 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.

See a certified list of qualified write-in candidates for the November 3, 2020, Consolidated General 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.