Preliminary Election Results Report #5 and Ballot Processing Update: San Francisco Department of Elections

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Wednesday, March 4, 2020 – The San Francisco Department of Elections (Department) issued the fifth preliminary election results report of votes cast for the March 3, 2020 Consolidated Presidential Primary Election.

Today’s report includes 35,538 votes from approximately 15,000 vote-by-mail ballots received from the United States Postal Service (USPS) during the morning of March 3, and approximately 20,000 ballots that were previously processed and required manual review before tabulation. 

The estimated total number of ballots to process is 112,000, which consists of approximately 86,000 vote-by-mail ballots and 26,000 provisional and conditional voter registration ballots.

The press release the Department issued this morning referenced ballots received on Election Night and did not reference the 23,000 ballots received from the USPS Election Morning, or the ballots that required manual review.

The approximate total of uncounted ballots includes:

  1. 8,000 vote-by-mail ballots received from the USPS on Election Morning.
  2. 57,000 vote-by-mail ballots returned to polling places on Election Day.
  3. 3,700 vote-by-mail ballots returned to ballot drop-off stations on Election Day.
  4. 2,700 vote-by-mail ballots cast at voting centers on Election Day.
  5. 24,000 provisional and conditional voter registration ballots cast at polling places.
  6. 1,700 conditional voter registration ballots cast at voting centers.
  7. 14,500 vote-by-mail ballots received today (March 4) from the USPS.

These approximate totals are based on preliminary counts of ballots 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 USPS delivered nearly 14,500 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, March 6.

Department personnel will work from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. during the next several days to review and process vote-by-mail, provisional, and conditional voter registration ballots. The Department expects to process most vote-by-mail ballots by Friday, March 6 and will likely begin reporting results this weekend from provisional and conditional voter registration ballots.

The Department will release updated results reports, including weekends, at 4 p.m. on days the Department tabulates votes and will post results reports on the Department’s website: sfelections.sfgov.org/march-3-2020-election-results-summary

When releasing results, the Department also will post summary results, as well as results according to precincts, neighborhoods, and Supervisorial districts, and in multiple formats.   

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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
Sfelections.org

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