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
Available for state and federal elections only
|When is it available online?||Approximately 5 weeks before
|Approximately 4 weeks before
|Where can I read it online?|| voterguide.sfelections.org
March 2020 Voter Information Pamphlet (PDF)
March 2020 Audio Voter Information Pamphlet (ZIP)
|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 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 Portal. 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.
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||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.
A list of qualified write-in candidates (PDF) will be available online approximately 10 days before each election. 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.