Department of Elections Encourages Voters to Submit Their Requests for Translated Materials

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Monday, March 5, 2018 –The San Francisco Department of Elections mailed nearly 54,000 notices to inform voters that they have the option to receive the official ballot and other election materials in Chinese, Spanish, or Filipino, in addition to English.  The Department sent the notices to voters born in countries where those languages are spoken, and who have not previously requested translated materials.

The notices also provide information about the availability of facsimile ballots and State Voter Guides in Vietnamese and Korean. A facsimile ballot is a translated copy of the official ballot that a voter can use as a reference while marking the official ballot. 

The notices also highlight the opportunity to serve as a poll worker on June 5, maximizing the Department’s efforts to recruit bilingual volunteers to provide assistance to San Francisco’s diverse electorate on Election Day.

Voters may request translated election materials by marking one of the options on the notice and returning it to the Department, by calling or visiting the Department’s office, or by completing an online Request to Receive Translated Materials.

In 2017, the Department launched an enhanced version of its website, Key enhancements include easier navigation to election information and Department services, streamlined content, and expanded access for users with limited English proficiency.  The new site features nearly 60 pages in Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino and information about materials and assistance in Vietnamese and Korean.  

More information about the Department’s services is available at or by contacting the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375.


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


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