Voter Outreach & Education Initiative

San Francisco County

Election Day is November 5, 2019

Catholic Charities Partners with Department of Elections
to Reach Our Most Vulnerable Communities


Voting is an essential right and privilege for American citizens, yet vulnerable individuals like many of our clients - seniors, adults with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, immigrants, and those for whom English is a second language - often experience challenges registering to vote and casting their ballot.

As a trusted messenger to our community's vulnerable populations, we have partnered with the San Francisco Department of Elections to help our clients and staff register to vote for the November 5, 2019 election and educate them and our vast network of community partners including parishes about the city’s new ranked-choice voting system. We are also sharing information with our clients in San Mateo and Marin Counties about their new voting systems.

Every vote matters and every voice needs to be heard! Learn more about this initiative and the new ranked-choice voting system.

What is Ranked-Choice Voting?

Beginning with the November 5, 2019, Consolidated Municipal Election, San Francisco will use a new voting system that allows voters to rank up to a maximum of 10 candidates in a ranked-choice contest, instead of three candidates with the previous system.

If a candidate receives a majority (50%+1) of first-choice votes, that candidate wins.  If no candidate receives more than 50% of the votes, there is a second round of voting. If a candidate receives more than 50% of the votes in the second round, that candidate wins.


How Can I Get Involved?

The San Francisco Department of Elections is recruiting poll workers to assist voters on election day. This is an opportunity to earn a stipend, be trained, and learn about our Democratic electoral process. Bilingual poll workers are especially needed.  Apply by completing the Polling Place Application.

High School Students: Students can apply to be poll workers by submitting the High School Student Poll Worker Application to the San Franciso Department of Elections.


Ranked-Choice Voting Tips

Below are some tips on completing a ranked-choice ballot.

  1. You may rank as many candidates as you like. If you do not want to rank some candidates, leave columns blank.
  2. Do not fill in more than one oval in the same column. If you give the same ranking to multiple candidates, your vote in that rank and later ranks will not count.
  3. Do not fill in more than one oval for a candidate. Ranking the same candidate more than once will not help that candidate, because your vote will be counted only once for that candidate.
  4. Practice using the interactive ballot. By practicing ahead of time you can receive feedback on how your ballot will be counted.

Other Counties

While this page focuses on San Francisco's new ranked-choice voting system, you can learn more about the newly implemented voting systems and poll worker opportunities in San Mateo and Marin counties by visiting the links below.

San Mateo Department of Elections

County of Marin Department of Elections



San Francisco County

Register to Vote (by October 21, 2019)

Check Your Registration

Voting Flyer

General Election Poster

Non-Citizen Voting Poster

Demonstration Ballot for Practice

Vote by Mail Ballot (due October 29, 2019)

Accessible Ballot-Marking Device Video

Ballot-Scanning Machine Video


More Information (Spanish)

Register to Vote

Voting System Flyer

Máquina de escaneo de boletas - New Voting System Video

Español: 415 554 4366


More Information (Chinese)

Register to Vote

Voting System Flyer

New Voting System Video

中文: 415 554 4367


More Information (Filipino)

Register to Vote

New Voting System Video

Filipino: 415 554 4310


Contact Information

San Francisco Department of Elections

1Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, City Hall, Room 48

San Francisco, CA 94102 

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am - 5 pm



Phone: 415 554 4375

Fax:  415 554 7344

TTY: 415 554 4386


中文: 415 554 4367

Español: 415 554 4366

Filipino: 415 554 4310