To view graphic version of this page, refresh this page (F5)

Skip to page body

Meeting Information

Elections Commission

2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 

Elections Commission Meeting

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 7:00 pm

City Hall Room 408






1.         CALL TO ORDER


2.         ROLL CALL


3.         FLAG SALUTE


4.         Public Comment on any issue within the Elections Commission’s general jurisdiction. 


5.         Director’s Report


                Ballot Distribution                           Technology Division

                Budget/Personnel                                      Voter Services

                Campaign Services                                   Update on the Voting System

                Outreach                                                     The SOMA Election in May

                Poll Locating/ADA                                  

             Poll Worker Division



6.         Commissioners’ Reports


              Meetings with public officials

  Meetings with nongovernmental organizations

  Oversight and Observation activities

  Long-range planning for Commission activities and areas of study



7.         Discussion and possible action concerning what the Commission can do to ensure that the Department’s budget is adequate.




  1. New Business


  • Discussion and possible action to approve the minutes for the      Commission meeting of March 15, 2006. 


  •   Report of the Forum on Voting Systems held on March 29, 2006 (Commissioner Gleason)


(c)      Discussion and possible action for the Elections Commission to send a letter to the Secretary of State of California asking that the “conditional approval” of the ES&S Ranked-Choice Voting system and methods be upgraded to “approval.”  Proponent suggests that the ES&S RCV system and procedure has worked as intended in the two elections over two years in which it has been used in San Francisco, thus warranting full certification.  (Commissioner Gleason)



  1. Old Business


(a)    Budget and Policy Committee report regarding decision to declare the Elections Commission Secretary position full time. (Commissioner Gleason)


  • (b)Discussion and possible action to approve a letter to the Mayor’s Budget Office declaring the Elections Commission Secretary position full time.


(c)    Discussion and possible action to adopt the proposed Elections Commission Bylaws Amendments. (Commissioner Matthews)



10.          Discussion regarding items for future agendas


11.          Public comment on any issue within the Elections Commission’s general jurisdiction.


  1. Announcements








Disability Access

The Elections Commission meeting will be held in Room 408, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA. The Commission meeting room is wheelchair accessible. The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center Station at United Nations Plaza and Market Street. Accessible MUNI lines serving this location are: #42 Downtown Loop, and #71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line to Market and Van Ness and the Metro Stations at Van Ness and Market and at Civic Center. For information about MUNI accessible services call (415) 923-6142. There is accessible curbside parking adjacent to City Hall on Grove Street and Van Ness Avenue and in the vicinity of the Veterans Building at 401 Van Ness Avenue adjacent to Davies Hall and the War Memorial Complex.

The following services are available on request 48 hours prior to the meeting; except for Monday meetings, for which the deadline shall be 4:00 p.m. of the last business day of the preceding week: For American sign language interpreters or the use of a reader during a meeting, a sound enhancement system, and/or alternative formats of the agenda and minutes, please contact The Elections Office at (415) 554- 4375 or our TDD at (415) 554-4386 to make arrangements for the accommodation. Late requests will be honored, if possible.

In order to assist the City's efforts to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical based products.  Please help the City accommodate these individuals. Individuals with chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should call our accessibility hotline at (415) 554-6060.

Know your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code)

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public. Commissions, boards, councils, and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, Donna Hall, Clerk, City Hall, Room 409, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102-4683 at Phone No.: (415) 554-7724; Fax No.: (415) 554-7854; E-mail: [email protected] Copies of the Sunshine Ordinance can be obtained from the Clerk of the Sunshine Task Force, the San Francisco Public Library and on the City's website at

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices.

Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Requirements

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [SF Campaign & Governmental Conduct Code §2.100] to register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900, San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone (415) 581-2300, fax (415) 581-2317; web site at