Department of Elections Announces Results Reporting Schedule for the November 8, 2016, Consolidated General Election

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Saturday, October 29, 2016 – The Department of Elections will report preliminary and final election results for the November 8 election according to the schedule below. The Department will provide SHA-512 hash values for all preliminary and final results reports.

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:

  • 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:
  • PDF
  • Excel
  • TSV (tab-separated values)
  • Raw text
  • Neighborhood Turnout Report
  • Precinct Turnout Report
  • Precinct Turnout Map

In accordance with state election law, the Department cannot release election results if voting continues at San Francisco polling places. Lines of voters will likely exist at many polling places at 8 p.m. and the Department will wait until the voters in these lines have completed voting before reporting election results.

If voting continues at some polling places at the time the Department is expected to release the first preliminary results report, the Department will post a notice on informing the public that results will be provided as soon as voters in line at the time the polls close at 8 p.m. have completed voting.  

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

  • – 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
  • San Francisco Government Television – SFGTV, Channel 26, will report summary results throughout the night as a banner during SFGTV programming
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • On Twitter @sfelections and

Reporting Preliminary Results after Election Day
The Department will 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


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