San Francisco Department of Elections: Election Results Report #10 and Ballot Processing Update

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Monday, November 14, 2016 – The San Francisco Department of Elections issued the 10th preliminary election results report of votes cast for the November 8, 2016, Consolidated General Election. 

Today’s report includes votes tallied from approximately 12,075 vote-by-mail ballots, and from a total of 52,271 cards.  Most of the cards tabulated and reported in today’s results report were received on or after Election Day. 

The Department expects to continue reviewing and processing vote-by-mail ballots until at least Wednesday, November 23.  The second review pass of provisional ballots began today, and will continue for several more days.  The counting of provisional ballots will begin no earlier than Wednesday, November 16.

The Department will issue preliminary results reports daily around 4 p.m.  All results reports are posted on the Department’s website:

Ballot Processing Update
The Department continues to prepare approximately 93,000 ballots for processing.  This total includes approximately 69,000 vote-by-mail ballots and approximately 24,000 provisional ballots.  

Already, the Department has processed nearly 870,000 ballot cards cast by vote-by-mail voters.  Overall, the Department must still process approximately 425,000 ballot cards.

More vote-by-mail ballots were cast for this election than for any previous San Francisco election.  The Department will ultimately process nearly 1.3 million ballot cards associated with vote-by-mail ballots.

With initial processing nearly completed, the count of provisional ballots is approximately 24,000.  The following table provides the current breakdown of provisional ballots received from each Supervisorial District.

























The remaining unprocessed ballots mostly consist of vote-by-mail ballots that voters delivered to polling places, cast at the City Hall Voting Center, and delivered to the City Hall ballot drop-off stations on Election Day.  Also, the Department continues to process vote-by-mail ballots received from the USPS on or after Election Day.  Provisional ballots cast at polling places on Election Day remain for processing as well. 

Voters in odd-numbered Supervisorial Districts voted using five-card ballots and voters from even-numbered Supervisorial Districts voted using four-card ballots.  Voters using multi-card ballots is the reason for the number of cards processed always being greater than the number of votes cast.

Additional time is required to process the four- and five- card ballots compared to recent elections that provided voters with fewer cards.  The envelopes containing five-cards, especially, require more time due to their often needing manual handling.  The Department expects to be processing ballots daily through Wednesday of next week.

Vote-by-mail ballots may continue to be reviewed for counting if they arrive from the USPS or a delivery service by Monday, November 14, and include postmarks that were stamped on the return envelopes on or before Election Day.  The Department received several hundred vote-by-mail ballots today from the USPS, and departmental personnel will visit the main postal facility tonight before midnight to receive any late arriving, and possibly valid, vote-by-mail ballots for processing.

Vote-by-mail and provisional ballot processing is open to public observation, either in person at the Department’s office in City Hall or by watching the live streaming of election activities on the Department’s web channel SF Elections Live, at



San Francisco Department of Elections
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375


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