How to Find the San Francisco Polling Place Closest to You
Lots of Californians have been permanently voting by mail for years, but this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic every registered Californian is being mailed a ballot. Check your mailboxes, they started arriving this week! With the Trump administration screwing with the post office, mail delays have become more common place, so dropping off your ballot is the most surefire way to ensure your ballot arrives in time to be counted. I’ve been voting by mail for over a decade and my tradition is to drop my ballot off at my local polling place on Election Day. I like being able to spend time reviewing my ballot at home, while also having the feeling of being a part of something by showing up to my polling place and getting a sticker. The major bonus is a polling worker will help you check your ballot return envelope to ensure you have completed it correctly.
(Editor’s note: This year it’s best to drop off your ballot early at an early voting location. That will help get votes tallied quicker and get quicker results. You can find the early voting locations in SF on the map below.)
I have an old friend, Ben, who every election, used to complain that the polling place lookup sites only showed your assigned polling place and not the closest polling place. Since you can drop off your mail-in ballot at ANY San Francisco polling place, this is a sorely lacking feature. As luck would have it, the County of San Francisco publicly posted a list of all of the polling locations, so I have added them to a Google map for your convenience. You can look up the location closest to where you are on Election Day. If you hover over the location pin it will show helpful details such as the incline of the street and if the location is disabled accessible.
Thanks for giving me the idea, Benny, even though you moved out of state, like half of my friends.
Note: Blue pins are election day locations- Open Tues November 3rd 7am-8pm.
Green Pins are early drop off sites open
Saturday/Sunday: October 31-November 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday November 2: from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.