San Francisco voters who have already decided on how to vote for the upcoming election in November can already begin voting at City Hall.
Voting booths opened on Tuesday at the Department of Elections for early voters to cast their votes for upcoming November election and will remain open Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The department will also open during the two weekends before Election Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to the Department of Elections. On Election Day, the department will open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Voters this year will have a number of local and state issues to contend with this year, including Proposition that would put additional taxes on businesses that gross more than $50 million in The City to help fund homeless services.
Mayor London Breed last week came out last week opposing Prop C. Breed said in a statement that her administration is looking into auditing spending on homeless services to find how much money is actually needed to fund services:
“Our homelessness spending has increased dramatically in recent years with no discernible improvement in conditions. Before we double the tax bill overnight, San Franciscans deserve accountability for the money they are already paying.”
Proponents for Prop. C have said the fact that the homeless crisis is not improving in The City is because there is not enough funding going towards services. Also, proponents point to The City’s Controller’s Office report that says the passing of Prop. C would have a small economic impact to The City’s economy.
A number of supervisorial races in The City will also be on the ballot in the even-numbered districts of 2, 4, 6, 8, 10. Supervisor Katy Tang is not running for re-election in District 4 and Supervisor Malia Cohen is running for the state Board of Equalization.
Supervisor Jane Kim, who represents District 6, is termed out of office, and supervisors Catherine Stefani in District 2 and Rafael Mandelman District 8 are running for re-election.
Voters statewide will be deciding on California’s next governor and the repeal of a gas tax signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year.
Proposition 6 would repeal a 12-cent per gallon gas tax increase that currently helps fund transportation infrastructure improvements and fund public transportation but those in favor of the repealing the gas tax say residents cannot afford an increase in gas due to the high cost of living in the state.
They also say the state spends motor vehicle related taxes on other programs instead of using the funding to fix roads and streets.
Anyone seeking to register to vote for the November election has until Oct. 22 to do so. The last day to request to vote by mail is on Oct. 30.