The Department of Elections Releases Preliminary Total of Uncounted Ballots for the November 3, 2020, Consolidated General Election

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Wednesday, November 4, 2020 – The San Francisco Department of Elections must still review and process approximately 90,000 ballots cast in the November 3, 2020, Consolidated General Election.

The estimated number of vote-by-mail ballots to process is 81,000.  The estimated number of provisional and conditional voter registration ballots to process is approximately 9,000.

This approximate total is based on the preliminary count of ballots received on Election Night and will change as the Department processes ballots over the next several weeks. The Department will issue daily updates on the number of ballots remaining for processing and counting. 

The United States Postal Service (USPS) will deliver nearly 2,700 vote-by-mail ballots today.  Most of these ballots will likely have postmarks dated on or before Election Day, which allows the Department to process them.  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 20. The Department expects to process most vote-by-mail ballots by Saturday, November 7.

The Department will issue updated preliminary results reports today around 4 p.m.   

The Department will review provisional ballots through the week and may begin reporting results from provisional ballots this weekend.

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.


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