Sudden/Late-Deployed Military Voters

Under California Election Code Section 3106(a), military voters called for military service outside San Francisco but within the United States on or after November 1, 2016 may return their ballots by fax for the November 8, 2016 election.

If you are a member of the military and a San Francisco voter in this extraordinary circumstance, you may either come to City Hall, Room 48 to vote in person at Voting Center (click here for Important Election dates and deadlines), or submit a request for a vote-by-mail ballot, which can be transmitted to you via email, fax, or postal mail (California Elections Code, Section 3111).

You may make your vote-by-mail request either to the San Francisco Department of Elections, or the elections office in the California county where you are deployed (which will then coordinate with San Francisco to obtain your ballot). Your request must be received by 5 p.m. PT, Election Day, Tuesday, November 8.

If you are a member of the military registered in another California county, and you have been deployed to San Francisco less than seven days before an election is to be held in your home county, the San Francisco Department of Elections can coordinate with your county’s elections office to obtain your ballot.

Requesting, Receiving, and Returning a Ballot

If you are in this situation, please call us immediately at (415) 554-4375 so your request can be expedited.