The Department of Elections (Department) conducts all public federal, state, district and municipal elections in the City and County in a manner that is a 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,
For Voter Information Pamphlets,
For information about becoming an Elections Officer (Pollworker),
For information about candidates or campaign disclosure reports,
For election results on Election Night,
or this website
For a free workshop regarding current election information,
For information about polling places and ADA issues,
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.
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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