San Francisco Department of Elections: Election Results Report #6 and Ballot Processing Update

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Thursday, November 8, 2018 – The San Francisco Department of Elections issued the sixth preliminary election results report of votes cast for the November 6, 2018, Consolidated General Election. 

Today’s report includes results from over 7,300 vote-by-mail ballots the Department received on Election Day. The Department must still process nearly 118,000 vote-by-mail and provisional ballots that the Department received from the United States Postal Service (USPS) and voters on or immediately prior to Election Day.   

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, and will start reporting results from these ballots tomorrow, November 9.  The Department must also review and process ballots cast at the City Hall Voting Center, and received at the City Hall drop-off stations, and vote-by-mail ballots received from the USPS after Election Day and postmarked on or before November 6 and which arrive by Friday, November 9.  The Department must still also review and process the 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 review approximately 118,000 ballots for processing.  This total includes approximately 92,000 vote-by-mail ballots and an estimated 26,000 provisional ballots.  As the Department processes the vote-by-mail and provisional ballots the totals for these categories of ballots will change as more accurate counts are obtained.

The Department received 18,000 vote-by-mail ballots from the USPS on Election Day.  Today, the Department received nearly 2,600 vote-by-mail ballots from the USPS, most of which were postmarked after Election Day and will not be processed.

Voters delivered approximately 57,000 ballots to polling places on Election Day and those ballots remain to be processed.

Voters also cast nearly 26,000 provisional ballots on Election Day that will require several days of review before being processed for counting. 

The remaining unprocessed ballots consist of approximately 4,200 vote-by-mail ballots that voters delivered to City Hall Drop-Off Stations on Election Day as well as approximately 5,000 ballots cast at the City Hall Voting Center. 

The Department will continue to process vote-by-mail ballots received from the USPS that arrive by Friday, November 9, if such ballots were delivered by the USPS or a delivery service, on or before Election Day, as shown by postmark, date stamp, or a voter’s dated signature. 

The Department expects to continue reviewing and processing vote-by-mail ballots through early next week.  The initial review of provisional ballots began today, November 8, and will continue for several more days.  The counting of provisional ballots will begin after the vote-by-mail ballots are reviewed.

VBM ballot and PV ballot processing is open to public observation, either in person at the Department’s office in City Hall or on


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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