The Department of Elections Releases Preliminary Election Results Report #6 and Ballot Processing Update for the November 5, 2019, Consolidated Municipal Election

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Thursday, November 7, 2019 – The San Francisco Department of Elections (Department) issued the sixth preliminary election results report of votes cast for the November 5, 2019, Consolidated Municipal Election.

The Department must still process approximately 38,000 ballots. 

The estimated number of vote-by-mail ballots to process is approximately 25,000.  The estimated number of provisional and conditional voter registration ballots to process is 13,000.

Tomorrow, November 8, the Department will report most of the remaining votes from vote-by-mail ballots.  The Department expects to begin reporting results from provisional ballots on Saturday, November 9.

The approximate total of uncounted ballots includes:

  1. 8,000 vote-by-mail ballots returned to polling places on Election Day.
  2. 1,300 vote-by-mail ballots returned to ballot drop-off stations on Election Day.
  3. 1,500 vote-by-mail ballots cast at voting centers on Election Day.
  4. 12,500 provisional ballots received from polling places.
  5. 500 conditional voter registration ballots cast at voting centers.
  6. 14,000 vote-by-mail ballots received yesterday (November 6) from the United State Postal Service.
  7. 363 vote-by-mail ballots received today (November 7) with valid postmarks.

Of the 12,500 provisional ballots, the number of provisional ballots received from Supervisorial District 5 is approximately 1,880.

The Department will issue daily updates on the number of ballots remaining for processing and counting. 

The United States Postal Service (USPS) delivered approximately 2,100 vote-by-mail ballots today, of which approximately 363 were postmarked on Election Day or earlier.  The Department will continue to process vote-by-mail ballots with valid postmarks and received from the USPS or a bona fide private mail delivery company through Friday, November 8.  

The Department will continue to release updated results reports daily, including this weekend, at 4 p.m.  When releasing results, the Department also will post on its website summary results, as well as results according to precincts, neighborhoods, and Supervisorial districts, and in multiple formats.  The Department will also issue detailed results for all ranked-choice voting contests, including those contests for which there are majority leaders.  All reports are posted on the Department’s website:


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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