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Vote 2004

Vote Nov. 2

Voter Education | FAQs

"Consider your collective power. Eighteen to 29-year-old eligible voters total 40.6 million -- one in five voters! You can make a powerful difference, and I urge you to do so."

-- Excerpted from a letter to SFSU students from President Robert A. Corrigan, Oct. 19, 2004

Tonight: Election Night Analysis

This free event will take place Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center, from 7 to 10 p.m. The SFSU community and general public are invited to watch the election returns on large-screen TV and hear real-time political analysis featuring SFSU Political Science professors. This event is part of BSS 275 course/public lecture series: The 2004 Presidential Election: Issues and Analysis.

Voter education

How can I educate myself about candidates and ballot measures?

The following sites provide many ways to learn about election issues and the candidates:

Secretary of State's Voter Education Guide

Secretary of State's Presdential and Statewide Candidates Information

State of California Ballot Propositions

City of San Francisco Candidates and Ballot Measures

Other voter information and education guides may be found at the following Web sites:

Project Vote Smart

Smart Voter

The California Voter Foundation

Democracy Net (Project of the League of Women Voters)

MTV: Choose or Lose

What is ranked-choice voting?

Ranked-choice voting allows San Francisco voters to elect local officials by selecting a first-choice candidate in the first column on the ballot, and different second- and third-choice candidates in the second and third columns on the ballot. Ranked-choice voting allows for a majority vote without the need for a separate run-off election.

Frequently asked questions

How do I request an absentee ballot?

Registered voters have until Tuesday, Oct. 26, to apply for an absentee ballot for the Nov. 2 election.

Where's my polling place?

Enter your street address and zip code at this site and you'll get the location of your polling place.

Does SFSU have its own voting precinct?

SFSU has its own voting precinct, located in the 24-hour reading room in the J. Paul Leonard Library. Only voters assigned to vote at SFSU’s precinct should cast their ballots there. San Francisco voters should try to vote at the precinct printed on their sample ballot/candidate materials or they may vote at City Hall. However, absentee ballots may be dropped off at any polling place, including SFSU's, by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

What if I cannot get to my polling place on election day?

San Francisco voters should try to vote at the precinct printed on their sample ballot/candidate materials or may vote at City Hall.

Voting outside of the designated precinct means you may not be able to vote for local candidates in your district and your ballot may be counted as a provisional ballot.

For voters outside of San Francisco, consult your county's department of elections.

How do I become an election officer/pollworker?

The Department of Elections for the City and County of San Francisco is seeking pollworkers to assist on Nov. 2. Volunteering as a poll worker on election day is an effective way to participate in the electoral process and strengthen one’s community.

How can I monitor official returns on election night?

For San Francisco: SF Election returns

Statewide: California returns

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