By Ruth Geos, Reference Librarian
Maybe you woke up to a campaign pitch for a Ballot Measure hanging from your front door, or were stirred by the Democratic candidate debates this week–or every day as you walk in the city, wish you could weigh in who should be making policy and setting up priorities for the future of San Francisco. If so, the time to vote is very soon.
Tuesday, November 3, 2019
Vote in the Consolidated Municipal Elections
Registration by October 21, 2019
Can you vote?
To vote you must first register to establish your voter qualifications; and to register to vote in San Francisco for all candidates and measures, these are the checkmarks:
- A United States Citizen
- A San Francisco resident
- At least 18 years old before or on the day of the election
- Not be in state or federal prison, or on parole for the conviction of a felony
- Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court
Aren’t I already registered?
It’s simple to find out. Use the Voter Registration Status Lookup with the San Francisco Department of Elections.
If you’re not there, even if you remember voting sometime in the past, you may need to update your address through a Registration Update. You can scan the Update and return to SFVote@sfgov.org. or, if you like, mail it back:
Department of Elections
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
And if you are registering for the first time, or using this moment to declare your party preference in advance of the State Primary in 2020, you can Register online or use print options, following the clear instructions, links and even video demonstration, all provided by the SF Department of Elections:
While you’re filling the page out, in whatever mode you choose, you might as well select other options you might like. Want a large-print Informational Pamphlet? Want to skip the print altogether and receive the Pamphlet as a pdf? Prefer to vote by mail? To do all this in a language other than English? No problem. Just do it before October 21st: 15 days before the election: or then, it is not so easy at all.
Other questions? Call the SF Department of Elections at 415: 554-4375 or take a look at their voting resources, at: https://sfelections.sfgov.org/