What’s on the Ballot?
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.
|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?||voterguide.sfelections.org
November 2020 Voter Information Pamphlet (PDF)
November 2020 Audio Voter Information Pamphlet (Zipped MP3, 150MB)
|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
Tool on the Secretary of My Voter Status
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|
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.