Candidates

Our office serves candidates for all local offices.

View List of Candidates for the March 5, 2024, Presidential Primary Election

View Certified List of Qualified Write-In Candidates for the March 5, 2024, Presidential Primary Election

View List of Candidates for the November 5, 2024, Consolidated General Election

Those who file for elective office in San Francisco must follow many laws. Our office helps local candidates navigate those laws. We also keep track of filing papers. (Many forms are available below.)

We encourage local candidates to complete all necessary filing steps before the deadlines. This will give you time to correct any errors. You can schedule an appointment or call us at 415-554-4375 with any questions.

General Resources for Candidates

  • Schedule of candidate workshops (coming soon). We offer workshops on topics such as signatures-in-lieu-of-filing fees, nomination procedures, and voter registration drives.
  • March 5, 2024 - Calendar. In this calendar, we list all election events with beginning and end dates, a brief description, and a legal basis.  You can use the dropdown to filter the calendar by office.
  • March 5, 2024 - County Central Committees and County Councils Candidate Guide (PDF). This guide explains who can complete the filing process for a political party’s County Central Committee or County Council in San Francisco and how to do so. This guide includes information such as eligibility, filing fees, forms, and deadlines.
  • March 5, 2024 - Superior Court Judge Candidate Guide (PDF)This guide explains who can complete the filing process for Superior Court Judge in San Francisco and how to do so. This guide includes information such as eligibility, filing fees, forms, and deadlines.
  • November 5, 2024 - Calendar. In this calendar, we list all election events with beginning and end dates, a brief description, and a legal basis.  You can use the dropdown to filter the calendar by office.
  • November 5, 2024  - Board of Supervisors and Mayor Candidate Guide (PDF). This guide explains who can complete the filing process for these offices and how to do so. This guide includes information such as eligibility, filing fees, forms, and deadlines.
  • November 5, 2024 - Other Local Offices Candidate Guide (PDF). This guide explains who can complete the filing process for the other local offices and how to do so. This guide includes information such as eligibility, filing fees, forms, and deadlines. 
  • Application for voter registration information (PDF). This data is available to candidates for specific election-related purposes. For more information, see the application itself. If you are not sure if you qualify to receive this data, please contact us.

The Secretary of State facilitates the filing process for state and federal offices. Visit the SOS website for information, deadlines, and guidance. 

Finance Resources for Candidates

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) helps to administer and enforce campaign finance laws.

All local candidates must complete a series of FPPC forms to disclose certain financial details. These include campaign contributions and spending, conflicts of interest, and lobbying expenditures. Some forms must be submitted to our office, others to the San Francisco Ethics Commission or the California Secretary of State.                      

The FPPC produces resources for candidates such as a Campaign Disclosure Manual 2 and Filing Schedule. In addition, the San Francisco Ethics Commission publishes a general guide with information about campaign finance and disclosures.

FPPC forms to be submitted to the San Francisco Department of Elections (originals) or the San Francisco Ethics Commission (originals)

FPPC  forms to be submitted to the California Secretary of State (originals) and the San Francisco Department of Elections (copies)

FPPC Slate mailer organization forms to be submitted to the San Francisco Department of Elections (originals)

Other Resources

 

Get help

Department of Elections

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102

Phone

Fax: 415-554-7344
TTY: 415-554-4386

中文: 415-554-4367
Español: 415-554-4366
Filipino: 415-554-4310

Last updated February 24, 2024