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Early voting starts today at City Hall

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Starting today, anyone registered to vote in San Francisco can cast their ballot in the Nov. 8 election.

The City Hall Voting Center, located in Room 48, is now open for voting weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, the Voting Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Oct. 24 is the last day to register to vote in next month’s election.

This year’s voting ballot is especially weighty, as not only will voters decide the next U.S. president and various state leaders and propositions, but numerous local races and measures are at stake as well. On the San Francisco ballot, voters will face 25 local propositions and six supervisor races, and vote for a new state senator, among other politicians.

The Voting Center will be open two weekends before the election, Oct. 29-30 and Nov. 5-6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Telephone assistance is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Filipino and many other languages.

For those who prefer to vote by mail, Nov. 1 is last day to request to receive a mail-in ballot. Voters are encouraged to submit their request as early as possible to allow timely processing of their applications.

To be eligible to vote-by-mail, residents must complete an online application at sfelections.org/vbm, or scan, fax or mail an application found on the back cover of the Voter Information Pamphlet to sfvote@sfgov.org, by fax at (415) 554-4372 and by post to San Francisco Department of Elections. The request must include date of birth, signature, home address and, if different, a valid mailing address.

The Department of Elections will host an open house on Thursday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Voters can watch the video “Be a Voter,” get their questions answered and learn about the processes happening before and after the election.

Visit sfelections.org for all the voter essentials including personal voter registration information, vote-by-mail applications and to track the status of their vote. Voters will also find there the Sample Ballot as well as the Voter Information Pamphlet. Or contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated The City’s Voting Center will be open for three weekends before the election. In fact, the Voting Center will be open for two weekends: Oct. 29-30 and Nov. 5-6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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