Voter Resources & Access for Vulnerable Populations

Upcoming Elections:

November 8, 2022 General Election

Voting is an essential right and privilege for American citizens, yet vulnerable individuals including those served by Catholic Charities often experience challenges registering to vote and casting their ballot. 

To help protect the right to vote for all, Catholic Charities stands with other community-based organizations in sharing these voter resources provided by local jurisdictions and the State of California.

The State of California will automatically mail a ballot to every registered, active voter ahead of the November 8th General Election. California offers early voting. 


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 ONLINE HERE

In California, voter registration must be completed at least 15 days before any election. The last day to register to vote is October 24, 2022.

If you are experiencing homelessness, you can still register to vote. Write the address of a shelter or the cross streets of where you sleep on your voter registration form.

Online registration is available in English, Spanish, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.

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. 

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

American Sign Language Video Guide for Voter Registration

Ways to Vote

1. Vote by Mail

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

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 postmarked on or before Election Day.

• Drop off your ballot at your local Elections Office or at one of the polling places or drop boxes in your county. (see county info to the right)


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

2. Use Remote Accessible

Vote-By-Mail (AVBM) System

See county-specific guidelines to the right

All registered voters in California have the option of using your computer or tablet to access your 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.

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

See county-specific information to the right.

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

• What's on the ballot?

• 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

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 48, San Francisco. Call 415.554.4375 to request to vote “curbside” at the Voting Center.

 Ballot Drop Boxes Citywide

• Polling Places

Any voter may request to vote “curbside” at any polling place by calling (415) 554-4375 or by asking a companion to enter the polling place to request delivery of voting materials to the voter outside.

• Access for voters with disabilities

San Francisco’s ranked-choice voting system

• 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?

• Vote Centers and Drop Box Locations

Become an Election Worker

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


Redistricting &

Voting in Other California Counties

Redistricting, or the redrawing of district lines based on updated population data from the 2020 Census, ensures a fair democratic process at the national, state, and local levels. The new census data is being used to redraw the Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization boundaries as well as county supervisorial or city council districts.

Learn more about local redistricting efforts impacting the June 7, 2020 Primary Election:

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