San Francisco Department of Elections: Election Results Report #7 and Ballot Processing Update

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, November 11, 2016 – The San Francisco Department of Elections issued the seventh preliminary election results report of votes cast for the November 8, 2016, Consolidated General Election. 

Today’s report includes votes tallied from approximately 3,926 vote-by-mail ballots, and from a total of 18,874 cards, received before Election Day. 

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.

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

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

Ballot Processing Update
The Department continues to review approximately 115,000 ballots for processing.  This total includes approximately 91,000 vote-by-mail ballots and approximately 24,000 provisional ballots.

Overall, the Department must still process approximately 500,000 ballot cards.

With initial processing nearly completed, the count of provisional ballots is now approximately 24,000, which represents an increase of 1,000 provisional ballots from yesterday’s estimated total of 23,000.  The following table provides the current breakdown of provisional ballots received from each Supervisorial District.

























The remaining unprocessed ballots consist of vote-by-mail and provisional ballots cast at polling places as well as vote-by-mail ballots received from the USPS, the City Hall Voting Center, and the City Hall ballot drop-off stations on or before Election Day.

Vote-by-mail ballots may continue to be reviewed for counting if they arrive from the USPS or delivery service by Monday, November 14, and include postmarks that were stamped on the return envelopes on or before Election Day.

The Department expects to continue reviewing and processing vote-by-mail ballots through next week.  The initial review of provisional ballots will continue through at least Sunday, November 13, and successive reviews of provisional ballots will continue for several more days.  The counting of provisional ballots will begin no earlier than Tuesday, November 15.

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

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