The Department of Elections Announces Results Reporting Schedule for the November 6 Election

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Sunday, October 28, 2018 – The Department of Elections will report preliminary and final election results for the November 6 election according to the schedule below.

The Department will apply SHA-512 cryptographic function to create hash values for all preliminary and final results reports. SHA-512 is an extra measure of assurance that files with results reports downloaded from the Department’s website are reliable and did not change after being posted.

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. 

Reporting Preliminary Results after the Polls Close 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 processed before Election Day.

At approximately 9:45 p.m., the Department will release a second summary report of results that includes votes cast at the polling places. At approximately 10:45 p.m. the Department intends to issue a third summary results report. After all polling places have reported, the Department will release a final summary report.

During the first and last reports on Election Night, and at 4 p.m. on any day after that during which ballots are counted, the Department will release the following preliminary reports for ranked-choice voting contests, including those contests for which there are majority leaders:

  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. TSV (tab-separated values)
  1. Neighborhood Turnout Report
  2. Precinct Turnout Report
  3. Precinct Turnout Map

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

  1. – all results reports will be posted on the Department’s website and a link to statewide results on the Secretary of State’s website will be provided
  2. San Francisco Government Television – SFGTV, Channel 26, will report summary results throughout the night as a banner during SFGTV programming
  3. City Hall, North Light Court – a large screen will display SFGTV programming that will show summary results; printed copies of the summary results reports will be available at approximately 8:45 p.m., with updates available at approximately 9:45 p.m., 10:45 p.m., and 11:30 p.m.
  4. Department of Elections, City Hall, Room 48 – printed copies of results reports will be available at the Department’s front counter (due to their length, the preliminary Statement of the Vote will not be printed).
  5. On Twitter @sfelections and

Reporting Preliminary Results after Election Day
The Department will continue to process and count ballots after the Election Day. These include: vote-by-mail ballots delivered by voters to the polling places, the City Hall drop-off stations, or that the Department received after Election Day but within the time allowed; provisional ballots cast under Conditional Voter Registration at the City Hall Voting Center, provisional ballots cast at the polling places; votes cast on the Edge accessible voting machines on Election Day, which are required to be transferred onto paper ballots for tabulation by the voting equipment.  

The Department intends to release updated results reports at 4 p.m. on every day on which it counts ballots. On any days during which no ballots are counted, the Department will post a notice on stating that no update will be issued.

Reporting Final Election Results
The Department will release final election results no later than December 6, 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.


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


News Category: