San Francisco Department of Elections: Election Results Report #13 and Ballot Processing Update

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

For Immediate Release

SAN FRANCISCO, Thursday, November 15, 2018 – Today the San Francisco Department of Elections issued the 13th preliminary election results report of votes cast for the November 6, 2018, Consolidated General Election. 

Today’s report includes results from approximately 12,000 ballots.  The Department must still process approximately 22,000 vote-by-mail and provisional ballots.

Today’s report includes votes from approximately 1,000 vote-by-mail ballots that the United Postal Service (USPS) delivered after Election Day and were postmarked on or before Election Day.

The report also includes approximately 10,700 votes cast as provisional ballots.    

All voters Citywide voted using four-card ballots.  

All results reports are posted on the Department’s website:

The Department must still review and process vote-by-mail ballots received from the polling places on Election Day, ballots received at the City Hall Voting Center and Drop-Off Stations, vote-by-mail ballots received from the USPS after Election Day and postmarked on or before November 6 and which arrived by Friday, November 9, ballots received before Election Day requiring additional review before processing, and vote-by-mail ballots originally dropped-off in other counties.  The Department must still also review and process provisional ballots cast at polling places on Election Day.

The Department will issue preliminary results reports daily around 4 p.m.

Ballot Processing Update

The Department continues to prepare over 22,000 ballots for counting.  This total includes over 8,000 vote-by-mail ballots and approximately 11,000 provisional ballots.  The total for the remaining ballots to count also includes approximately 4,000 ballots cast at the City Hall Voting Center by conditional voter registrants.  As the Department processes ballots, totals for these remaining ballots to count will change as more accurate counts are obtained.  Counts may change also as the Department continues its canvassing and review of ballots and materials associated with the election.

The random selection of precincts for the one percent manual tally will occur Saturday, November 17, 10 a.m., in the Department’s office in City Hall room 48.  The manual tally will begin on Monday, November 19, at 8 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m. at the Department’s warehouse on Pier 48 and will proceed during work hours, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., excluding the holiday and weekends, until all chosen precincts are tallied.

The Department will broadcast the selection of precincts and post a recording of the process on

Ballot processing and the canvass are open to public observation, in person, at the Department’s office in City Hall and the Department’s warehouse on Pier 48, and online, at


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

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