Voter Access & Safety For All

General Election is November 3, 2020

Catholic Charities Provides Voter Resources
to Reach Our Most Vulnerable Communities

Voting is an essential right and privilege for American citizens, yet vulnerable individuals like many of Catholic Charities 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. 

To protect the right to vote and public health in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of California is automatically mailing a ballot to every registered, active voter ahead of the November 3, 2020 General Election. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day.

Ways to Vote

1. Vote by Mail

All registered voters: expect to receive in the mail an official ballot with postage-paid return envelope sometime in early October. Local county elections officials encourage voting by mail to protect everyone’s health, avoid crowds and long lines at polling places. 

The earlier a ballot is mailed back the better as it increases the likelihood that your ballot will be included in the Election Night posted result counts. Vote-by-mail ballots are processed as they are received in the mail.  

After you have marked your ballot and sealed it in the return envelope, remember to SIGN AND DATE the back of the envelope as indicated.

How to send in your ballot:

• Mail your marked ballot with enough time to be post marked on or before Election Day; or

• Drop off your ballot at your local Elections Department or at a polling place or drop box in your county listed to the right


Make sure your address is correct – if you need to update your registration information, check with your local elections department to the right.

If you’re not registered to vote…


Register to vote now before the October 19, 2020 deadline. Online registration is available in English, Spanish, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese


Track when your ballot is mailed, received, and counted.

2. Use Remote Accessible

Vote-By-Mail (AVBM) System

All registered voters in California have the option of using their computer or tablet to access their ballot to download, print, and mark. Return your ballot using the official ballot return envelope you received with your original ballot. Remember to complete all sections of the return envelope and sign it. The AVBM system is compatible with personal assistive devices such as screen readers, head-pointers, and sip and puffs to assist voters with disabilities such as visual or physical impairments. See county-specific remote accessible guidelines to the right 

3. Vote at Your Voting Center or Polling Place On Election Day

See specific information to the right for San Francisco, Marin, and San Mateo Counties.

4. Same Day Voter Registration

Same Day Voter Registration, known as Conditional Voter Registration in state law, is a safety net for Californians who miss the deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information for an election. Click here for more information.

Voter Info by County

San Francisco County

San Francisco Department of Elections

Monday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm

Phone 415.554.4375; TTY 415.554.4386

• Voter Information Portal

View your voter registration information and your elected officials. Request a replacement ballot, find locations for in-person voting sites, and more.

• Register to vote now

• City Hall Voter Center

open for voting beginning Oct 5th outside of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove Street between Polk and Larkin streets.

• Access for voters with disabilities

San Francisco’s ranked-choice voting system

 What’s on the ballot?

• Serve as a poll worker

• High School Poll Worker and Ambassador Programs

Marin County

Marin County Department of Elections 

(website viewable in multiple languages)

Monday – Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm

Phone: 415.473.6456; 415.473.6444; or 415.473.6437

Election Information

• Vote by mail

• Remote accessible vote by mail

• Access for voters with disabilities

• What’s on the ballot?

• Polling and Drop Box Locations

Become a Poll Worker

• Student High School Poll Workers: Apply Now to work on Election Day

San Mateo County

San Mateo County Elections Division 

(website viewable in multiple languages)

Monday – Friday from 8 am to 5 pm

Phone: 650.312.5222

• Voter Registration

• Vote by Mail

• Vote Centers & Vote in Person

• Remote accessible vote by mail

• Access for voters with disabilities

• Now Hiring Election Center Representatives, Office Workers, and Technicians

• Student Democracy Program for high school students to assist voters on Election Day


Other California Counties

Click here to find out: where to vote, see what’s on the ballot, or contact your elections officials in other California counties.

Paper Voter Registration Application Also Available

If you prefer to register using a paper voter registration application, you can pick one up at your county elections office, library, Department of Motor Vehicles offices, or U.S. post office. It is important that your voter registration application be filled out completely and be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office at least 15 days before the election.

To request a paper voter registration application be mailed to you, please call (800) 345-VOTE(8683) or email Elections Division staff

How to Fill Out a California Voter Registration Card

Instructions also available here in nine languages

American Sign Language (ASL) Video Guide to the California Voter Registration/ Pre-Registration Application