Register to Vote
To be eligible to vote in an upcoming election, a completed voter registration card must be postmarked no later than 15 days before Election Day. If you are registering for the first time or have moved since the last election, please register with the San Francisco Department of Elections by October 22, 2012 to be eligible to vote in the upcoming election on November 6, 2012.
You have the ability to cast your vote prior to election day at the Department of Elections, on the ground floor of City Hall.
- October 9 to November 6
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed Monday, October 8 for a legal holiday.
- October 27 - 28 and November 3 - 4
Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (please enter at Grove Street)
- November 6, Election Day, 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Voting by Mail
If you choose to submit your vote by mail, please note that your ballot must be received at the Department of Elections at City Hall or at any San Francisco polling place by 8:00 p.m. on election day. This is true regardless of when the ballot is postmarked.
Ranked Choice Voting
Ranked-Choice voting was passed by the voters as an amendment to the City Charter in March of 2002. Ranked-choice voting allows San Francisco voters to rank up to three candidates for a single office. This makes it possible to elect local officials by majority vote without the need for a separate run-off election. To learn more about ranked choice voting, watch this video created by the Department of Elections.