San Francisco Department of Elections: Election Results Report #9 and Ballot Processing Update

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Sunday, November 13, 2016 – The San Francisco Department of Elections issued the ninth preliminary election results report of votes cast for the November 8, 2016, Consolidated General Election. 

Today’s report includes votes tallied from approximately 15,619 vote-by-mail ballots, and from a total of 67,403 cards.  Most of the cards tabulated and reported in today’s results report were received before Election Day.  However, the Department has begun to tabulate and report results from the vote-by-mail ballots received on 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.

Additional time is required to process the four- and five- card ballots compared to recent elections that provided voters with fewer cards.  The envelopes containing five-cards, especially require more time due to their often needing manual handling.  The Department will be processing ballots daily and processing will continue through next week.

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 105,000 ballots for processing.  This total includes approximately 81,000 vote-by-mail ballots and approximately 24,000 provisional ballots.  

The number of outstanding ballots to process remains the same as yesterday’s report since approximately 15,000 vote-by-mail ballots that could not be processed in the sorting equipment were not originally included in the unprocessed ballot report.

Overall, the Department must still process approximately 475,000 ballot cards.

With initial processing nearly completed, the count of provisional ballots is approximately 24,000.  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 mostly be completed today.  The second review pass will begin tomorrow, Monday, November 14, and continue for several more days.  The counting of provisional ballots will begin no earlier than Wednesday, 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


San Francisco Department of Elections
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375


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