SF gears up to send vote-by-mail ballots

Voters, get ready — local ballots will sail to mailboxes across San Francisco next week.

Next Tuesday, a full four weeks before polls close in the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 6, the San Francisco Department of Elections will start to mail out batches of ballots to hundreds of thousands of permanent vote-by-mail voters.

Of the nearly half million people registered to vote in San Francisco, more than half of those voters – 370,000 people – are permanent vote-by-mail voters.

Tuesday is also the first day of early voting at City Hall, where registered voters can vote in person Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends starting two weeks before Election Day.

Voters who are not registered as permanent vote-by-mail may request a vote-by-mail ballot before Oct. 30.

In addition to the congressional midterm races, which will determine if Democrats can re-take control of the House of Representatives or the Senate, on the ballot this election cycle is the governor’s office and six other state-wide offices, and 12 state-wide ballot measures.

The San Francisco ballot includes four city-wide offices, five of the 11 Board of Supervisor seats, one BART board seat, and five local ballot measures.

The last day to register to vote is Oct. 22.