The Department of Elections Will Canvass Two Community Benefit District Elections on July 14, 2020: Castro Community Benefit District Election and Fisherman’s Wharf Landside Community Benefit District

For Immediate Release 

SAN FRANCISCO, Thursday, July 9, 2020 — On Tuesday, July 14, the Department of Elections will conduct the canvass of ballots cast in the special elections to establish a Castro Community Benefit District and Fisherman’s Wharf Landside Community Benefit District.

The canvass for each election will take place immediately after a final hearing before the Board of Supervisors. Elections staff will be available at the City Hall’s Grove Street entrance to provide assistance for voters starting at 2 p.m.

The processes associated with canvassing the ballots will be broadcast live on the Department’s web channel, at

As ballots are returned, staff members scan the envelopes to record receipt of each ballot. After the hearing, staff will open the envelopes of the accepted ballots using a high-speed opener and then remove the ballots from the envelopes. Throughout this process, the side of the envelope with the voter’s identifying information is kept face down, to maintain confidentiality. Department personnel then prepare the extracted ballots for counting by separating the ballots according to YES or NO votes.  Finally, the barcode on each ballot is scanned into the tabulation system.

After processing all ballots, likely on the same day, the Department of Elections will post the results as follows:  

Castro CBD:

Fisherman’s Wharf Landside CBD:’s-wharf-community-benefit-district-election

For more information, contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or write to,

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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