Election Observer Information

Lynda Roberts, Registrar of Voters, Elections

Election Observer Information

Anyone may observe all aspects of the election process so long as they do not interfere.

Preparing vote-by-mail ballots for counting starts 10 business days prior to the election, in the Elections Department office during regular business hours, weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Work will continue through mid-November until all ballots are processed.

Counting vote-by-mail ballots starts 8 business days prior to the election, in the Elections Department office secure room during regular business hours, weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Counting will continue through November until all ballots are counted.

Election Day polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. A list of polling places and the Election Observer Guidelines are available on our website. Vote-By-Mail Special Elections do not have polling places.

Precinct ballots will be returned to the Civic Center at the middle arch on Election Day, after the polls close at 8 p.m.

The manual tally of ballots is conducted at the end of the canvass period in the Elections Department office during regular business hours, weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Work will continue until the manual tally is finished. Notice of the specific date will be posted online five days in advance.

Elections Department location: Suite 121 of the Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. Call 415-473-6456 for more information.