Elections boss John Arntz shows his cards tonight at City Hall. Early results are in. Photo by Annika Hom, November 2020.

If you had your heart set on mailing in your February ballot, today is the last day you can register.

The local February election is an interesting one, and includes big-ticket contests like the state assemblymember and school district recall races. Certain non-citizens can vote in this one, and so far 157 have registered and 37 have already voted. 

But time is running out if you want to receive a mail-in ballot before Election Day, Feb. 15. To get a timely mail-in ballot, you must be registered or update your registration information by today, Jan. 31 at 11:59 p.m. Otherwise, the last time to register is in person on Election Day, and who wants to wait in that line? 

There’s several options to register for a mail-in ballot. Eligible residents can use the online link, or old-school voters may fill out a paper form and drop it off, or mail it, to the Department of Elections at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place City Hall, Room 48. If it’s mailed, it must be postmarked Jan. 31 to count.

Since it’s a school board election, non-citizens who are legal guardians of a San Franciscan 19 or younger can officially vote. However, non-citizen registration is subject to a distinct process. They cannot register to vote online, but must fill out an affidavit and submit it to the Department of Elections in person or by mail. One can download the affidavit here or call the department, at 415-554-4375, to receive one. The department also offers affidavits at City Hall in Room 48. The ballot will be printed in English, Spanish, Chinese and Filipino. 

If you need help or simply prefer face-to-face connection, a city-led Outreach Team will answer people’s questions, provide election information and help register at tables located by Polk and Grove streets. Swing by from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Unsure if your registration is up to date? Citizen voters can check here, and non-citizens here. Find a polling place near you by calling the department at (415) 554-4375, or find it here.


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REPORTER. Annika Hom is our inequality reporter through our partnership with Report for America. Annika was born and raised in the Bay Area. She previously interned at SF Weekly and the Boston Globe where she focused on local news and immigration. She is a proud Chinese and Filipina American. She has a twin brother that (contrary to soap opera tropes) is not evil.

Follow her on Twitter at @AnnikaHom.

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