Department of Elections Begins Sending Ballots for the November 8 Election to Military and Overseas Voters

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Monday, September 19, 2016 – As authorized by state election law, the Department of Elections has begun sending ballots for the November 8 election to military service members and other U.S. citizens living overseas.

More than 6,000 military and overseas voters will receive their ballots either by email, fax, or postal mail, depending on their chosen delivery method. Along with their ballots, voters will receive voting instructions with information about election deadlines, ballot return options, and online tools available on that enable voters to request a replacement ballot, change their language preference for election materials, and check if their ballot was received and counted. The voting instructions also urge voters to avoid the most common reasons that vote-by-mail ballots cannot be counted, such as late returns and signature issues.

The Military and Overseas page on provides information on how people can apply to become military or overseas voters when they are absent from their county of residence while serving and/or living overseas, and explains several ways they can request, receive, and return their ballots, depending on their specific military or overseas status.

For additional assistance, voters may contact Department staff at (415) 554-4375, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. or write to  


Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375


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