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, November 10, 2018 – Today the San Francisco Department of Elections issued the eighth preliminary election results report of votes cast for the November 6, 2018, Consolidated General Election. 

Today’s report includes results from nearly 21,000 vote-by-mail ballots.  The votes reported today are from vote-by-mail ballots that voters dropped off at polling places on Election Day.  The Department must still process over 105,000 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 over 105,000 ballots for processing.  This total includes approximately 79,000 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.

Voters also cast nearly 26,000 provisional ballots on Election Day.  The initial review of provisional ballots began Wednesday, November 8, and will continue for several more days.  The counting and reporting of votes from provisional ballots will occur no earlier than Monday, November 12.  

Yesterday before midnight two personnel from the Department were present in the USPS’ main branch in San Francisco to collect vote-by-mail ballots. Yesterday was the last day the Department could receive vote-by-mail ballots from the post office for counting if the envelopes were postmarked on or before Election Day and received by Friday, November 9.  The Department obtained 126 ballots from the USPS last night and 25 were postmarked on or before Election Day.

The Department will be open Sunday, November 11, and on Veterans Day, November 12 to process ballots.  The Department’s warehouse on Pier 48 will be closed Sunday and will open on Veterans Day to continue the canvassing of materials from the polling places.

Ballot processing and the canvass are open to public observation, in person, at the Department’s office in City Hall and the Department’s warehouse on Pier 48, and online, at


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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