Signed in as:
Signed in as:
Ballots start being mailed to registered voters and ballot drop off opens.
Deadline to register to vote or update your registration online or by mail. After this, you can only register in person.
Mailed ballots must be postmarked by this date. Polling places open 7am–8pm.
On the federal level, you will be asked to vote for:
On the state level, you will be asked to vote for:
On the local San Francisco level, you will be asked to vote for:
You will also be asked to vote on California and San Francisco propositions, also called ballot measures.
Voting for president depends on which political party you are registered with. Check your voter registration to verify your party preference.
To vote for a presidential candidate in a different party, you need to either:
Remember, you may vote in only one party’s primary election.
No, not this election. There are no Board of Education (school board) races in this election. Eligible non-citizens who are a parent, legal guardian, or caregiver of a child under the age of 19 living in San Francisco only have the right to participate in Board of Education elections — not other items on the ballot. Learn about non-citizen voting in San Francisco.
No, you don't need to vote for everything on your ballot. Just fill out your ballot as best you can.
If you want to skip parts of your ballot, that's okay. However, we recommend that you do your best to fill out your entire ballot. If you don't feel like you know enough to vote on something, use our information about ballot measures and candidates to help you learn about what's on your ballot.
Even if you leave something blank on your ballot, your other votes will still be counted —so long as you got your ballot in by the deadline and, if you mailed it, signed and dated the envelope.
Sometimes people want to leave something blank as a protest vote. They might be trying express dissatisfaction with the candidate choices or political system. However, since California voters aren't required to vote for everything on their ballot, a blank protest vote is not reported differently than any other blank vote. Blanks as well as bubbles that are incorrectly filled in are all reported as what's called "undervotes."
If you feel you must cast a protest vote, don't damage your ballot or write messages on it. That can get your entire ballot classified as spoiled, and it won't be counted at all.
There are two places you can track your ballot:
Remember, you must be registered to vote in San Francisco to receive a mailed ballot for voting in San Francisco.
If it has been more than three days since your ballot was mailed, or if you lost, damaged, or made a mistake marking your ballot, you can request a replacement ballot using the San Francisco Voter Portal or by calling the Department of Elections at 415‑554‑4375.
Get the League's nonpartisan information about the local propositions, also called ballot measures, in LWVSF's Pros & Cons Guide.
For the League's nonpartisan candidate and state proposition information, visit VOTE411.org. It's our award-winning resource that provides busy voters with reliable, unbiased information about elections.
You can also get candidate and proposition information in the SF Department of Elections Voter Information Pamphlet and the California Secretary of State Voter Information Guide.
The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose candidates or political parties, so we do not issue candidate endorsements.
Vote with the League with our ballot recommendations, also known as election endorsements. We have recommendations for San Francisco propositions, also called ballot measures, and the California proposition.
For this election, the last day to register online or by mail is February 20. After then, you can only register in person.
Already registered? Check if your information is up to date. Every registered voter will get a ballot in the mail in early February.
Have you changed your address, name, signature, or political party recently? Then you must update your voter registration.
Through February 20, you can easily register to vote online. You'll need:
All registered voters in California will be mailed a ballot in early February. There are two ways to easily track your ballot as it is printed, mailed, and counted.
Registered but didn't get a ballot? Call the Department of Elections at 415-554-4375.
You will be asked to vote for candidates for local, state, and federal offices, and several ballot measures. For more information, check back here for closer to the election.
Sign the envelope! An unsigned envelope is one of the main reasons ballots get rejected. Your signatures on the envelope and your voter registration record will be compared to make sure they match. The secrecy of your ballot will be protected.
No stamp, no problem. All vote-by-mail ballots come with prepaid postage envelopes.
Don’t panic. If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask the Department of Elections to send you a replacement by using the Voter Portal or calling 415-554-4375.
By voting early, you can return your ballot when it's most convenient. Once you've filled out your ballot as best you can, you must sign, date, and seal the envelope. And then:
The deadline to return your ballot is 8pm on Election Day on March 5. There are several ways to return your ballot, all available from 7am to 8pm:
If you need to, you can put it in a USPS mailbox, but the envelope must be postmarked no later than Election Day, March 5. Get our tips for mailing your ballot.
A postmark is an official imprint that indicates where and when the U.S. Postal Service accepted your mailed ballot.
The Department of Elections uses the USPS postmark to decide if you mailed your ballot by the Election Day deadline.
On Election Day, check the collection time on the mailbox. If that day's mail has already been picked up, your ballot won't be be counted.
If you're unable to return your ballot yourself, you may authorize another person to return your ballot for you. Just complete and sign the authorization section on your ballot return envelope.
If you're hospitalized, in a temporary care facility, or homebound because of illness, disability, or confinement, you may authorize anyone to pick up your ballot and bring it to you. Or, during the week before Election Day, call the Department of Elections at 415-554-4375 or email them to ask for emergency ballot pick up and delivery.
Any registered San Francisco voter can use the accessible vote-by-mail system. It lets you mark a screen readable vote-by-mail ballot using an internet-connected device, such as a computer or tablet. The system works with personal assistive technology, such as screen readers.