Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director
For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, October 24, 2013 – The Department of Elections is reminding voters that Tuesday, October 29 is the last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot for the upcoming November 5 Municipal Election.
There are four easy ways to request a vote-by-mail ballot:
Apply online at the Department of Elections website, sfelections.org/vbm/
Complete and mail the application found on the back cover of the Voter Information Pamphlet.
Write the Department of Elections a letter or postcard. Be sure to include your printed name and signature, date of birth, telephone number, residential address, and a mailing address, if different from your residence.
Send a request by fax to (415) 554-4372. Be sure to include your printed name and signature, date of birth, telephone number, residential address, and a mailing address, if different from your residence.
All completed vote-by-mail ballot requests must be received by the Department by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29. Postmarks will not count.
Early Voting is Available Every Day
Early voting at City Hall is available every day through Election Day, November 5. Any registered San Francisco voter can visit the Department of Elections on the ground floor of City Hall and vote. On weekends, voters must enter on Grove Street. The early voting hours are:
• Monday–Friday: 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
• Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Election Day, Tuesday, November 5: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
New! Curbside Ballot Drop-off Stations at City Hall
Beginning the weekend before the election, you can walk, drive, or pedal to City Hall to drop off your ballot. Once you’ve marked your ballot, bring it in your signed and sealed envelope to special Curbside Drop-off Stations outside every City Hall entrance. Drop your envelope in the secure box and get your “I Voted” sticker from the Elections staff.
Curbside ballot drop-off stations will be open:
• Saturday, November 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Sunday, November 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Monday, November 4, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Election Day, Tuesday, November 5, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
As always, a vote by mail ballot can be returned free of charge via USPS, as long as it is received by the Department before 8:00 pm on November 5, or turned in at any San Francisco polling place on Election Day.
More information about vote-by-mail voting and the upcoming election is available at sfelections.org