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Fall 2015 San Francisco voting information

The Nov. 3, 2015, election actually starts well in advance of that date, with in many places a majority of voters casting their ballots early. We have compiled some information to help you this voting season.

To register

To be able to vote in this election, your registration card must be received by the Department of Elections by Oct. 19. Details at registertovote.ca.gov.

The earliest that mail-in ballots will be issued is Oct. 5. If you want to vote by mail, your request needs to be received by Oct. 27; you can either apply online to vote by mail only for this election, or you can fill out a paper form and send that in to request mail voting for all elections. Go to sfelections.org/tools/voterkit/index.html.

Where to vote

If you don’t already know where to vote, you can look up your nearest polling place in an online directory. The Department of Elections has a polling placer lookup service at sfelections.org/tools/pollsite/.

You can also vote early at City Hall beginning Oct. 5. The hours are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. from Oct. 5–Nov. 3 (closed October 12, 2015); Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for Oct. 24–25 and Oct. 31–Nov. 1, 2015; and 7 a.m.–8 p.m. on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015.

When to vote

Early voting — whether by mail or at City Hall — begins on Oct. 5.

On election day, Nov. 3, polls are open 7 a.m.–8 p.m.

What’s on the ballot

Offices

Mayor (incumbent Ed Lee; challengers Kent Graham, Francisco Herrera, Reed Martin, Stuart Shuffman, and Amy Farah Weiss)

Sheriff (incumbent Ross Mirkarimi; challengers Vicki Hennessy and John C. Robinson)

District Attorney (incumbent George Gascon, unopposed)

Board of Supervisors, District 3

(incumbent Julie Christensen; challengers

Wilma Pang and Aaron Peskin)

City Attorney (incumbent Dennis Herrera, unopposed)

Treasurer (incumbent Jose Cisneros, unopposed)

Community College Board (incumbent Alex Randolph; challengers Wendy Aragon, Tom Temprano, and Jason Zeng)

Local Measures

Proposition A: Affordable Housing Bond

Proposition B: Paid Parental Leave for City Employees

Proposition C: Expenditure Lobbyists

Proposition D: Mission Rock

Proposition E: Requirements for Public Meetings

Proposition F: Short-Term Residential Rentals

Proposition G: Disclosures Regarding Renewable Energy

Proposition H: Defining Clean, Green, and Renewable Energy

Proposition I: Suspension of Market-Rate Development in the Mission District

Proposition J: Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund

Proposition K: Surplus Public Lands

Politics in action

You can complete your participation in this democratic exercise by watching the results as they come in. The Department of Elections will post results at sfelections.org; and SFGT on Channel 26 will report results throughout the night of election day.

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Sources: City and County of San Francisco Department of Elections; Ballotpedia; California Secretary of State

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