In compliance with federal law and local ordinance, the Department of Elections provides services to voters and official election materials in Chinese and Spanish, in addition to English. Election materials and ballot facsimiles are also available in Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese at each polling place.
Multilingual voter services include:
- Voter information in English, Chinese and Spanish.
- Election materials in Chinese and Spanish: ballots, voter registration forms, voter notices, vote-by-mail ballot applications and instructions, and Voter Information Pamphlets.
- Instructional signs at all polling places on Election Day.
- Bilingual poll worker assistance at designated polling places on Election Day.
- Telephone assistance in over 200 languages, available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. For assistance, call (415) 554-4375.
Coming in 2015: San Francisco Election Materials in Four Languages
Choose to vote in English, Chinese, Spanish, or Filipino!
Beginning with the 2015 election, San Francisco ballots, the Voter Information Pamphlet, and other elections materials will be available in Filipino, in addition to English, Chinese, and Spanish. The City has recently certified Filipino (Tagalog) as the third language required under the San Francisco Language Access Ordinance, in addition to Chinese and Spanish. The Language Access Ordinance, established in 2001, requires city departments that interact with the public to provide translated materials and other services.
City departments must implement the new Filipino-language requirement by the end of 2015. Therefore, the Department of Elections has begun implementing plans to provide additional Filipino-language services and election materials beginning with the November 3, 2015, election.