CAA, along with the Chinatown Community Development Center and SRO Families United Collaborative, successfully advocated for a ballot drop-off location in Chinatown.
Beginning on Saturday, October 31, the ballot drop-off station in Portsmouth Square will be open daily though Election Day. San Francisco Department of Elections personnel will also be at the station to receive ballots and answer questions.
“This is just one way that San Francisco can lead in terms of ensuring that all barriers are removed,” Cynthia Choi, the co-director of Chinese For Affirmative Action, told the San Francisco Examiner. “We have folks who are hesitant to take public transportation because we’re in a pandemic and general fear for public safety given the COVID-related racism. Just making it within walking distance helps a lot.”
This is the first time there has been a ballot drop-off station in Portsmouth Square.
The three organizations filed a complaint to Attorney General Xavier Becerra to demand the ballot drop-off to serve Chinatown residents, particularly those who live in Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels.
The Portsmouth Square ballot drop-off station will be open:
- Saturday/Sunday: October 31-November 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Monday November 2, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.