The Department of Elections Announces Results Reporting Schedule for the November 3 Election

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Saturday, October 31, 2020 – The Department of Elections will report preliminary and final election results for the November 3 election according to the schedule below.

Reporting Preliminary Results after the Close of Polls on Election Night
The Department will release the first preliminary summary report of election results at approximately 8:45 p.m. This report will provide the results from the vote-by-mail ballots that the Department received and processed before Election Day. With this first summary report, the Department will also release a preliminary Statement of the Vote, ranked-choice reports for all ranked-choice voting contests, and Cast Vote Record data.

At approximately 9:45 p.m., the Department will release a second summary report of results.  The second report will add the initial votes received from polling places to the votes reported in the first results report.   At approximately 10:45 p.m., the Department will issue a third summary results report that will add more votes from polling places received since the previous report. After all polling places have reported, the Department will release a final summary report as well as a second preliminary Statement of the Vote, ranked-choice reports, and Cast Vote Record data.

During the first and last reports on Election Night, and at 4 p.m. on any day afterwards during which ballots are counted, the Department will release the following preliminary reports: 

1. Statement of the Vote, showing a precinct-by-precinct breakdown of votes cast at polling places and by mail, including neighborhood and district breakdowns in the following formats:

  1. PDF
  2. Excel
  3. XML

2. Ranked-choice reports for all ranked-choice voting contests, including those contests for which there are majority leaders, showing elimination of candidates until only two candidates remain, in the following formats:

  1. Round-by-round elimination reports in PDF, Excel, and XML formats
  2. Detailed round-by-round elimination reports in PDF, Excel, and XML formats

3. Cast Vote Record is the raw data of all votes cast in the election, available in the following format:

  1. JSON

On Election Night, preliminary results will be available from the following sources:

1. Statewide Election results will be available at
2. On the results page of the Department’s website, – all results reports, including the preliminary Statement of the Vote and the Cast Vote Record data, will be posted.
3. San Francisco Government Television – SFGTV, Channel 26, will report summary results throughout the night in a news ticker during SFGTV programming.
4. Outside City Hall

  1. City Hall, Grove Street entrance – paper copies of the results reports will be available on a table located outside City Hall at the entrance on the Grove Street side of the building.  However, due to their length, preliminary Statements of the Vote will not be printed and paper copies will not be available.
  2. Civic Center Plaza –the Department will provide printed copies of the most recent results reports at the corner of Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Polk Street) and Grove Street, on the Civic Center Plaza side.  Director John Arntz will be available for questions at this location whenever updated results reports are issued.
  3. On Twitter @sfelections and

Reporting Preliminary Results after Election Day
The Department will continue to process and count ballots after the Election Day. At 4 p.m. every day on which the ballots are counted, the Department will release updated results reports in the same manner as described above regarding the issuing of results on Election Night. On days during which the Department does not count ballots, the Department will post a notice on stating that no update will be issued for a specified day or days. 

Reporting Final Election Results
The Department will release final election results no later than December 3, the end of the canvass period.

The Department will post the final results on and outside the Department’s office, City Hall, Room 48, as well as issue a press release and post information on social media.

A sample “zero” summary report posted at includes a navigation path to webpages that will display the preliminary results posted on and after Election Night, and the final results posted after the election is certified. 




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

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