If, within seven days before an election, you are unable, for any reason, to go to your polling place on Election Day, you may authorize a representative to pick up your vote-by-mail ballot in person at the Early Voting Counter. Your authorization, signed under penalty of perjury, must include your voter details, i.e. name, date of birth, San Francisco residence address, name of person authorized to pick up your ballot, and your signature.
Your authorized representative may:
- Receive your ballot after presenting the Vote-by-Mail Ballot Pick-Up Authorization Form (PDF) to the Department of Elections.
- Return the ballot to the Department of Elections or to any polling place by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
- Please Note: If your authorized representative returns the ballot, the appropriate section located on the upper flap of the vote-by-mail return envelope must be completed.
- Emergency ballots may not be mailed.
- Most hospitals and nursing homes provide assistance for their patients.