Vote Center Guidelines

Lynda Roberts, Registrar of Voters, Elections

Observation at Vote Centers

Face masks are strongly recommended.

The dates and times vote centers are open varies by location. See the list of vote centers and hours of operation. On Election Day, all vote centers are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Observers may observe vote center set-up before the vote centers open, all activities while the vote centers are open, and vote center closing procedures. Following are guidelines for observers.

  • All observers must check in with the Vote Center Coordinator at the vote center.
  • No eating or drinking is allowed in the work areas. Water is OK.
  • No talking on cell phones inside the vote center.
  • No photos, videotaping or filming within 100’ of the vote center entrance and inside the vote center.
  • No campaign buttons, signs or literature allowed within 100 feet of the vote center entrance.
  • An observer’s function is to observe procedures at the vote center. Observers cannot assist in operations, touch or handle any ballots or other election-related materials, challenge actions by vote center workers or sit at official table.
  • Direct all questions to the Vote Center Coordinator.
  • Avoid physical contact with vote center workers.
  • Hold discussions and conversations with other observers outside of the vote center.
  • Report problems with observation activities or concerns about procedures to the Registrar of Voters at (415) 473-6456.