San Francisco Department of Elections: Election Results Report #8 and Ballot Processing Update

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Saturday, June 9, 2018 – The San Francisco Department of Elections issued the eighth preliminary results report of votes cast for the June 5, 2018, Consolidated Statewide Direct Primary Election. 

Today’s report includes more than 23,000 votes that were tallied since yesterday’s report.  The additional votes are from approximately 2,700 ballots that the post office delivered to the Department on Election Day.  Also, votes from approximately 20,300 ballots that voters dropped off at polling places are included in today’s report.

The Department is still processing approximately 42,000 ballots, or nearly 168,000 cards.

All voters Citywide voted using ballots comprised of four-cards.  

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

The Department must still review and process vote-by-mail ballots cast at the City Hall Voting Center, received at the City Hall drop-off stations, vote-by-mail ballots received from the post office after Election Day and postmarked on or before June 5 and arrived by Friday, June 8.  Additionally, the Department will process ballots associated with the Canvass of the election.

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

Ballot Processing Update
The Department continues to review approximately 42,000 ballots for processing.  This total includes approximately 28,000 vote-by-mail ballots and an estimated 14,000 provisional ballots.

The Department received 16,000 vote-by-mail ballots from the post office on Election Day and after including nearly 3,000 of these ballots in today’s report, all of these envelopes have been open and the cards have been processed.  However, any cards that require manual review from this group of cards would still require another processing stage.

Last night before midnight the United States Postal Service allowed Department personnel access to the main postal facility on Evans Street to obtain late-arriving vote-by-mail ballots.  The Department obtained 150 vote-by-mail ballots, 40 of which were postmarked on or before Election Day and can be processed.

Voters delivered approximately 44,000 ballots to polling places on Election Day and approximately 5,700 of those ballots remain to be processed.

Voters also cast nearly 14,000 provisional ballots on Election Day and these ballots will not be processed until next week. 

Additionally, the remaining unprocessed ballots consist of approximately 3,000 vote-by-mail ballots that voters delivered to City Hall Drop-Off Stations on Election Day as well as approximately 3,000 ballots cast at the City Hall Voting Center. 

Yesterday was the last day the Department could 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, June 8.   

The Department expects to continue reviewing and processing vote-by-mail ballots through early next week.  The initial review of provisional ballots began Thursday, June 7, 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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