San Francisco Department of Elections: Election Results Report #21 and Ballot Processing Update

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Thursday, December 1, 2016 – The San Francisco Department of Elections issued the 21st preliminary election results report of votes cast for the November 8, 2016, Consolidated General Election. 

Today’s report includes votes tallied from approximately 10 vote-by-mail ballots identified during the canvass of election materials as valid and requiring inclusion to this election’s results.  In total, 50 ballot cards were counted today.

Although the review of ballots is essentially finished, the Department will process any ballot cards identified during the canvass of materials from the polling places and vote-by-mail ballots cast that require counting.  The Department expects to certify the election next Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

All results reports issued for this election are posted on the Department’s website:

The Department continues the manual tallying of ballots from 1% of the precincts used for this election at its warehouse on Pier 48, Shed B.  The precincts involved in this manual tally were randomly selected on November 22.  A video of the selection process is posted on the Department’s web channel, SF Elections Live, and found at the following address:

Ballot Processing Update
The Department has completed ballot processing for this election unless any outstanding cards are identified for processing in relation to the reconciliation of election materials during the cavass. Overall, the Department processed nearly 1.2 million ballot cards cast by vote-by-mail voters, which also represents a new record total set in this election.

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.

The manual tally of the ballots is open to public observation and is also broadcast live 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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