Consolidated General Election Results Report #5 and Ballot Processing Update San Francisco Department of Elections

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Wednesday, November 4, 2020 – The San Francisco Department of Elections issued the fifth preliminary election results report of votes cast for the November 3, 2020, Consolidated General Election.

Today’s report includes 1,035 votes from vote-by-mail ballots issued at the Voting Center before Election Day.

The estimated total number of ballots to process is 90,000, which consists of approximately 81,000 vote-by-mail ballots and 9,000 provisional and conditional voter registration ballots.

The Department halted the processing of vote-by-mail ballots at approximately 3 p.m. Monday, November 2, to facilitate in-person voting at the polling places. This halt in processing vote-by-mail ballots allowed voters to go to their polling places and vote a regular ballot which was tabulated at their polling places, rather than having to vote a provisional ballot.  Starting this afternoon, the Department has commenced the processing of vote-by-mail ballots and Thursday’s results report will include a much greater number of votes.

These approximate totals are based on preliminary counts of ballots and will change as the Department processes ballots over the next several weeks. The Department will issue daily updates at 4 p.m. that include the number of ballots remaining for processing and counting. 

Department personnel will work until 10 p.m. today to process ballots, and will work from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. for the next several days to review and process vote-by-mail, provisional, and conditional voter registration ballots. The Department expects to process most vote-by-mail ballots by Saturday, November 7 and may begin reporting results this weekend from provisional and conditional voter registration ballots.

The Department will release updated results reports, including weekends, at 4 p.m. on days the Department tabulates votes and will post results reports on the Department’s website:

sfelections.sfgov.org/november-3-2020-election-results-summary

When releasing results, the Department also will post summary results, as well as results according to precincts, neighborhoods, and Supervisorial districts, and in multiple formats.   

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Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place,
City Hall, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375
Sfelections.org

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