Preliminary Election Results Report #7 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, Friday, March 6, 2020 – The San Francisco Department of Elections (Department) issued the seventh preliminary election results report of votes cast for the March 3, 2020, Consolidated Presidential Primary Election.

Today’s report includes 25,040 votes consisting of results from vote-by-mail ballots.  The vote-by-mail ballots included in today’s results report are ballots the Department received on Election Day and vote-by-mail ballots that the United States Postal Service delivered on Wednesday and Thursday of this week which included postmarks dated on or before Election Day. 

The estimated total number of remaining ballots to process is 29,200, which consists of approximately 3,200 vote-by-mail ballots and 26,000 provisional and conditional voter registration ballots.

The Department will begin tabulating and reporting results from provisional ballots on Saturday, March 7.

The approximate total of uncounted ballots includes:

  1. 1,200 vote-by-mail ballots received from the USPS with postmarks dated on or before Election Day.
  2. 1,000 vote-by-mail ballots returned to ballot drop-off stations on Election Day.
  3. 1,000 vote-by-mail ballots cast at voting centers on Election Day.
  4. 26,000 provisional and conditional voter registration ballots.

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 approximately 700 vote-by-mail ballots today, of which approximately 450 have postmarks dated on or before Election Day and are eligible for processing.  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. on Saturday, March 7.  The Department will close on Sunday, March 8, and will not release a results report on Sunday.  

The Department will release updated results reports at 4 p.m. on days the Department tabulates votes and will post results reports on the Department’s website:

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.   


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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