What’s on the Ballot?
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.
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.
|San Francisco Voter Information Pamphlet
||California Voter Information Guide
|When is it available online?||Approximately 5 weeks before
|Approximately 4 weeks before
|Where can I read it online?||Voter Information Pamphlet, September 14, 2021 Election (PDF)|
|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 webpage, review our California Secretary of State’sFrequently Asked Questions , or contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or email@example.com.
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.
Check back in September for a certified list of qualified write-in candidates for the upcoming election. Copies of this list will also be available at every polling place and the 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.