Department of Elections Invites Organizations, the Public, and the Media to Join the Official Election Observer Panel for the November 8 Election

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, September 9, 2016 –The Department of Elections invites advocacy groups, the media, the Civil Grand Jury, the League of Women Voters, representatives from political parties, and any other groups or individuals to join the Official Election Observer Panel for the November 8 election.  

For every election, the Department forms the panel to provide an avenue for public observation and input on election processes, such as Logic and Accuracy testing of voting equipment, poll worker training,  processing of vote-by-mail ballots, Election Day activities, Election Night ballot tabulation and reporting, and the post-election Canvass, including the 1% manual tally of ballots cast.

Invitations, accompanied by an Application to Serve on the Official Election Observer Panel, have been sent to representatives from various organizations. The application and related materials are also available on from the Campaign Services, Observing the Process page and at the Department’s office. Those interested in joining the panel are encouraged to complete the application and submit it to the Department by Friday, September 16.  

Once the panel is formed, the Department of Elections will host an introductory meeting to provide panelists an opportunity to tour the Department’s office and learn about the processes that take place in support of the election, and the schedule for observing these activities.   

For those who would like to observe but cannot do so in person, the Department will broadcast various operations on SF Elections Live.  Among some of the broadcast activities are Logic and Accuracy Testing of voting equipment, preparation of vote-by-mail ballots for counting, Election Center activities, processing and tabulation of vote-by-mail and provisional ballots, and precinct selection for the post-election manual tally.

For more information about observing election processes, the public can contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375, write to, or visit the Department’s office in City Hall, Room 48.



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

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