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 9, 2018 – Today the San Francisco Department of Elections issued the seventh preliminary election results report of votes cast for the November 6, 2018, Consolidated General Election. 

Today’s report includes results from over 10,200 vote-by-mail ballots.  The votes reported today are from a combination of Election Day ballots the Department received from the United States Postal Service (USPS), the City Hall ballot drop-off stations, and the City Hall Voting Center.  The Department must still process nearly 124,000 vote-by-mail and 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 cast at the City Hall Voting Center, ballots 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 124,000 ballots for processing.  This total includes approximately 98,000 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 must still process 4,000 vote-by-mail ballots received before Election Day which were not previously included in the totals for unprocessed ballots.

Now that the initial scanning is complete for the vote-by-mail ballots that voters dropped off at polling places on Election Day, the Department can update that total to approximately 69,000. 

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

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

Today is the last day the Department can receive vote-by-mail ballots from the post office for counting if the envelopes are postmarked on or before Election Day and arrive by Friday, November 9.  The Department will send two personnel to the post office’s main branch in San Francisco before midnight tonight to collect any possible remaining vote-by-mail ballots.

The Department will be open this weekend, November 10 and 11, to process ballots.  In its warehouse on Pier 48, the Department will also continue the canvass of materials from the polling places.

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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