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The Department of Elections conducts all public federal, state, district, and municipal elections in the City and County of San Francisco in a manner that is free, fair, and functional. 

The Department is responsible for:

  • Conducting elections under the rules and regulations established by federal, state, and local laws – notably, the Voting Rights Act, the Help America Vote Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the City’s Language Access Ordinance 
  • Maintaining an open process that inspires public confidence in the election system
  • Providing and improving upon a public outreach and education plan to engage eligible potential voters in San Francisco
  • Continuing to improve its services by streamlining processes and anticipating the future needs of San Francisco voters

Serving a registered voter base of approximately 475,000 citizens, the Department:  

  • Facilitates the filing of candidate nomination papers, ballot measures, and the ballot arguments that appear in the Voter Information Pamphlet 
  • Produces San Francisco’s official and sample ballots and Voter Information Pamphlet 
  • Administers the vote-by-mail program for approximately 265,000 voters 
  • Secures polling places for Election Day
  • Recruits and trains poll workers to administer mandated procedures and serve a linguistically and culturally diverse voter population
  • Facilitates voting at City Hall starting 29 days before every election
  • Organizes an Official Observer Panel
  • Organizes the collection of ballots and election results data on election night
  • Provides for ballot tabulation and reporting of election results
  • Conducts the official canvass of votes cast to ensure the accuracy and validity of election results 

For additional information or specific questions, please contact us via email contact form or by telephone: (415) 554-4375.

The Department of Elections office is located in City Hall, Room 48, on the ground floor. View Map
Office Hours: Monday—Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you believe you have information concerning a possible incidence of election fraud, please call the San Francisco District Attorney’s Election Fraud Hotline: (415) 551-9507.

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