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The Department of Elections (Department) conducts all public federal, state, district and municipal elections in the City and County in a manner that is free, fair, and functional. 

The Department is responsible for conducting elections under the rules and regulations established by federal, state, and local laws – notably, the Voting Rights Act, the Help America Vote Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the City’s Language Access Ordinance; maintaining an open process that inspires public confidence in the election system; providing and improving upon a public outreach and education plan to engage eligible potential voters in San Francisco; and continuing to improve its services by streamlining processes and anticipating the future needs of San Francisco voters.

Serving a registered voter base of approximately 430,000 citizens, the Department: 

  • Facilitates the filing of candidate nomination papers, ballot measures, and the ballot arguments that appear in the Voter Information Pamphlet; 
  • Produces San Francisco’s official and sample ballots and Voter Information Pamphlet; 
  • Administers the vote-by-mail program for approximately 220,000 voters; 
  • Organizes an Official Observer Panel; 
  • Secures polling places for Election Day; 
  • Recruits and trains poll workers to administer mandated procedures and serve a linguistically and culturally diverse voter population; 
  • Facilitates voting at City Hall starting 29 days before every election; 
  • Organizes the collection of ballots and election results data and on election night; 
  • Provides for ballot tabulation and reporting of election results; and 
  • Conducts the official canvass of votes cast to ensure the accuracy and validity of election results. 

For additional information or specific questions, please contact us: Email contact form or by telephone:

For questions about voter registration and vote-by-mail voting,
(415) 554-4411

For Voter Information Pamphlets,
(415) 554-4375

For information about becoming an Elections Officer (Pollworker),
(415) 554-4395

For information about candidates or campaign disclosure reports,
(415) 554-4375

For election results on Election Night,
(415) 554-4375
or this website

For a free workshop regarding current election information,
(415) 554-6184

For information about polling places and ADA issues,
(415) 554-4551

Anyone who believes they have information concerning a possible incidence of election fraud should call the San Francisco District Attorney’s Election Fraud Hotline. The hotline is available in English, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin.
(415) 551-9507.

For all other information,

Department of Elections
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102

Phone: (415) 554-4375
Fax: (415) 554-7344
TTY: (415) 554-4386

We are located on the ground floor of City Hall. View Map
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.


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Last updated: 10/29/2015 1:24:07 PM