The Department of Elections Releases a Ballot Counting Update for the November 8, 2022 Consolidated General Election

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Wednesday, November 9, 2022 – The Department of Elections must still process and count 104,000 ballots in the November 8, 2022 Consolidated General Election. This estimate includes:

  • Vote-by-mail ballots (returned by mail, at drop boxes, and at polling places): 95,000
  • Provisional ballots (cast at polling places and the City Hall Voting Center): 9,000

The Department counted nearly all of the ballots received before Election Day.  Most remaining ballots to process and count were received on Election Day, from polling places, the City Hall Voting Center, official ballot drop boxes, and the United States Postal Service. Department personnel will continue processing and counting ballots until 10 p.m. tonight and will maintain the same schedule, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., on Thursday, November 10. Ballot processing is open to public observation in-person and via livestream at

In addition to the vote-by-mail ballots and provisional ballots received on Election Day, the Department will also need to process and count any vote-by-mail ballots received within one week of Election Day, or by Tuesday, November 15, and postmarked by Election Day. Estimates of remaining ballots to count will be posted daily at, along with all election results reports.

The Department will issue the next preliminary results reports at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 10. At that time, Director John Arntz will be available to respond to questions from members of the public and the media outside of Room 48 in City Hall.

No results reports will be issued today. The reason is the Department halted the processing of vote-by-mail ballots at 3 p.m. on Monday, November 7 to facilitate in-person voting at polling places. This halt in processing vote-by-mail ballots allows in-person voters to cast a regular ballot which can then be tabulated at a polling place, rather than having to vote a provisional ballot.  The Department will resume the processing and counting of vote-by-mail ballots this afternoon, after all 501 rosters have been scanned and in-person voting histories have been uploaded into the Election Information Management System.


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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