Ballots mailed to registered voters. Ballot drop off available starting October 10.
Deadline to register to vote or update your voter registration online or by mail.
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:
and, if you live in an even-numbered SF supervisor district (look up your district):
You will be asked to vote "Yes" or "No" on California propositions:
You will also be asked to vote "Yes" or "No" on San Francisco propositions, also called ballot measures:
Get information about the candidates in LWVSF's candidate statements and candidate forums, as well as the San Francisco Department of Elections Voter Information Pamphlet and in the California Secretary of State Voter Information Guide.
The League does not support or oppose candidates or political parties so we do not have any positions on the candidate races.
There are two votes for United States Senator for California on your ballot because of recent changes to the law on filling Senate vacancies. The seat became vacant when Kamala Harris left the Senate to become Vice President of the United States. Alex Padilla was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to fill the vacant Senate position.
However, the U.S. Constitution states that governors' temporary appointees to the Senate can serve only "until the people fill the vacancies by election." Therefore, in September 2021, California passed a bill that calls for an election whenever a Senate seat becomes vacant.
As a result, there are two contests for Senate on your ballot, and you may vote on both. One is a special election for the remainder of the current term ending January 2023, which is the term vacated by Kamala Harris. One is a regular election for the full 6-year term beginning January 2023 and ending January 2029.
Yes. There are fourteen local propositions on the ballot for the November 8, 2022 election.
Get information about the San Francisco ballot measures in LWVSF's Pros & Cons Guide and proposition discussion videos or in the SF Department of Elections Voter Information Pamphlet.
Yes. There are seven state measures on the ballot for the November 8, 2022 election.
Yes. Eligible non-citizens who are a parent, legal guardian, or caregiver of a child under the age of 19 living in San Francisco have the right to participate in Board of Education (school board) elections — but not other items on the ballot. Learn about non-citizen 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.
There's a lot to know about your ballot, voter registration, and elections. Our members will answer your questions during our virtual office hours on Sundays 11:00–11:45am from September 11 through November 6.
Make sure you’re registered to vote in the recall election. The last day to register to vote online or by mail is October 24.
Already registered? Check if your information is up to date. Every registered voter will get a ballot in the mail starting in early October.
Have you changed your address, name, or signature recently? Then you must update your voter registration.
Through October 24, you can easily register to vote online. You'll need:
If you miss the October 24 deadline to register online or by mail, you can still vote. You'll need to register conditionally and vote provisionally in person at the City Hall Voting Center or, on Election Day, November 8, at a polling place.
All registered voters in California will be mailed a vote-by-mail ballot on the week of October 3. There are two ways to easily to keep track of your ballot as it is printed, mailed, and counted:
If you're registered but do not receive your ballot, call the Department of Elections at 415-554-4375.
You will be asked to vote for candidates for several state and federal offices, San Francisco City Attorney, and eight San Francisco ballot measures.
Learn more about what’s on your ballot from these unbiased, nonpartisan resources:
Sign the envelope! An unsigned returned 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 filling out your ballot, ask the Department of Elections to send you a replacement by using the San Francisco Voter Portal or calling 415-554-4375.
The safest way to vote is to return your ballot by mail or using an official ballot drop box. If you need to return your ballot in person, check wait times for a faster and safer experience. Be sure to wear a mask.
To return your ballot by mail, the envelope must be postmarked by Election Day, November 8. A postmark is an official stamp on a piece of mail that provides the place, date, and time the piece of mail was accepted by the United States Postal Service. Postmarks are used to determine if returned ballots have been mailed by the deadline.
Be sure to check collection times on the blue USPS mailbox. If the last collection time on the mailbox is 3:00pm, and you drop off your ballot at 3:15pm on November 8, your ballot will not be postmarked in time and your vote will not be counted.
If you are not sure that your ballot will be postmarked in time, it is much better to instead drop off your ballot at an official ballot drop box or polling place.
Beginning October 10, you have several choices for where to drop off your ballot:
Locations, dates, and times may change. Confirm before you head out.
On Election Day, November 8, you have several choices for where to drop off your ballot. These locations will be open on Election Day from 7am to 8pm. You must drop off your ballot in person on Election Day no later than 8pm.
San Francisco provides several other options for ballot pick up, delivery, and return so that every voter can cast their ballot safely and securely. For assistance not described below, contact the San Francisco Department of Elections.
If you’re a registered voter, you may authorize a family member or housemate to pick up your vote-by-mail ballot and bring it to you.
Any voter who is unable to return their vote-by-mail ballot may authorize another person to return their ballot by mail, or to any ballot drop box, voting center, or polling place. To authorize someone to return your vote-by-mail ballot for you, complete and sign the Ballot Return Authorization section on your official ballot return envelope.
If you need a ballot but are hospitalized or homebound because of illness, disability, or confinement, including for a COVID–19 quarantine, you may authorize anyone to pick up your ballot and bring it to you, or you may ask for Department of Elections staff to bring your ballot to you. To request emergency ballot pick up and delivery, contact the Department of Elections at 415-554-4375 (you may need to submit a form or other written request).
Any registered voter can use the remote accessible vote-by-mail system to vote. This system allows voters to mark screen readable vote-by-mail ballots using internet-connected devices, such as computers or tablets, and is compatible with personal assistive technology, such as screen readers.