The Department of Elections Releases Preliminary Total of Uncounted Ballots 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, Wednesday, November 6, 2019 – The San Francisco Department of Elections must still review and then process approximately 70,000 ballots cast in the November 5, 2019, Consolidated Municipal Election.

The estimated number of vote-by-mail ballots to process is 57,000.  The estimated number of provisional and conditional voter registration ballots to process is 13,000

The approximate total of uncounted ballots includes:

  1. 39,000 vote-by-mail ballots returned to polling places on Election Day.
  2. 2,500 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 cast at polling places.
  5. 500 conditional voter registration ballots cast at voting centers.
  6. 14,000 vote-by-mail ballots expected today (November 6) from the United State Postal Service.

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 14,000 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 8. The Department expects to process most vote-by-mail ballots by Friday, November 8.

The Department will issue updated preliminary results reports today around 4 p.m.  Today’s report will include votes from vote-by-mail ballots received from the USPS on Election Day and some vote-by-mail returned by voters to polling places. 

The Department will review provisional ballots through the week and will likely 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.  The Department will also issue detailed results for all ranked-choice voting contests, including those contests for which there are majority leaders.



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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