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What Time Do Polls Close? San Francisco Election Day Guide

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What Times Do the Polls Close?

In San Francisco the polls close at 8pm Pacific.

If the Polls Close and I’m Still in Line, Can I Still Vote?

Yes! But don’t leave the line. According to the California Secretary of State website you have the right to vote if you were in line prior to 8pm. “Poll workers must be trained about the right of voters to cast a ballot if they are in line at the polling place when the polls close at 8:00 p.m. Voters who are in line at the polling place at the time polls close are entitled to vote and must be allowed to exercise that right. (§§ 2300(a)(3), 14212, 14401, 14402)”

Can I Mail in My Ballot on Election Day?

Yes! According to San Francisco Department of Elections, as long as your ballot return envelope is postmarked by November 3rd, your ballot is eligible to be counted. However, you must make sure that are you dropping your ballot off at a mailbox prior to pickup time or at a post office prior to their close of business – otherwise you run the risk of your ballot not receiving the proper postmark. To better protect your right to vote, it is recommended that instead of mailing on November 3rd to drop off your ballot at one of the 588 polling places throughout the city no later than 8pm.

“To be counted, your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day. If you mail your ballot on Election Day, be sure to check the pickup time on the blue USPS collection box, home letterbox, or business mail drop. If the last pickup has already occurred, the ballot envelope will be postmarked late and will not be counted. The Department encourages voters to return their ballots as early as possible!”

What Are Current Wait Times at the Polls?

If you’re in San Francisco and plan to vote in person, there’s a handy website that lets you know the current wait times at the polls using the Voting Site Wait Times Lookup Tool.

Do I Have to Vote at My Assigned Polling Location?

No! Although it’s best to vote at your assigned precinct, you have the flexibility to vote with a provisional ballot at a number of polling places near you in case the lines are too long at your polling place.

  • Enter your address at sfelections.org and find out which polling places will have all the same contests on which you are eligible to vote.
  • Or you can vote provisionally at any polling place in San Francisco, but be aware that if you vote in a different neighborhood that your provisional ballot may not have all the contests on which you are eligible to vote. Learn More.

All 588 San Francisco Official Ballot Drop-Off Stations

In general, Bill Graham Civic is open most days starting October 5th. There are 11 other drop off locations from October 31 to November 3rd in each of the city’s districts. On election day, you can drop off your ballot on any of the 588 drop-off stations set up at polling places across the City.

12 Ballot Drop-off locations open in advance of election day
Open 8am to 5pm on Nov. 2nd / Open 7am to 8pm on Nov. 3rd

  • Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – 99 Grove St
  • Supervisorial District 1 – Anza Branch Library, 550 37th Ave
  • Supervisorial District 2 – Golden Gate Valley Library, 1801 Green St
  • Supervisorial District 3 – Portsmouth Square, Washington St at Walter U Lum Pl
  • Supervisorial District 4 – Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St
  • Supervisorial District 5 – Park Branch Library, 1833 Page St
  • Supervisorial District 6 – Chase Center, 1655 3rd St
  • Supervisorial District 7 – West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Way
  • Supervisorial District 8 – Noe Valley/Sally Brunn Branch Library, 451 Jersey St
  • Supervisorial District 9 – Mission Branch Library, 300 Bartlett St
  • Supervisorial District 10 -Bayview/Linda Brooks-Burton Library, 5075 3rd St
  • Supervisorial District 11 -Excelsior Branch Library, 4400 Mission St

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