Ballot Arguments

Proponent and opponent filling out ballot argument forms across from one another at a table


All San Francisco voters are entitled to author arguments in favor of or against a particular ballot measure, for publication in the Voter Information Pamphlet. 

Ballot argument requirements are established by the San Francisco Municipal Elections Code and California Elections Code; arguments must be submitted in the manner specified by the Director of Elections. Therefore, before preparing an argument for submission, we strongly recommend that you read the Guide to Submitting Ballot Arguments thoroughly.

The Department of Elections is happy to assist with your ballot argument needs. To schedule an appointment, call us or use our appointment form.

Ballot Argument Guide and Forms

The following are the official submission forms for ballot arguments. Be sure to adhere to requirements stipulated on each form and in the Guide to Submitting Ballot Arguments. To learn more about how to use each form, consult the Guide to Submitting Ballot Arguments.

Guide to Submitting Ballot Arguments (PDF)
Ballot argument submission deadlines and related schedules are set by law and cannot be extended under any circumstance.
Control Sheet A (PDF)
All ballot argument submitters must complete Control Sheet A, which includes the ballot argument text for publication and information about the Author (or first Author, if more than one)
Control Sheet B (PDF)
If there is more than one Author for your ballot argument, complete Control Sheet B. Control Sheet B must include the same ballot argument that appears on Control Sheet A; the additional Authors sign to indicate their authorization and approval.
Consent Form (PDF)
If your ballot argument states that a person or an organization that is not an Author is in support of or opposition to the measure, or agrees with your argument, complete a Consent Form. The Consent Form must include the same ballot argument that appears on Control Sheet A; this form indicates that the person or organization mentioned in the argument has read the argument and authorizes you to use the name.
Assignment Form (PDF)
To assign your right to author an official ballot argument to another person or entity, use this form (See the Guide to Submitting Ballot Arguments for the circumstances under which this is allowed).
Acknowledgement of Submitting Handwritten Documents (PDF)
The Department of Elections encourages all submitters to type their arguments to prevent interpretation errors. If you must submit a handwritten argument, or make handwritten corrections or annotations, complete this form.