San Francisco Department of Elections: Election Results Report #11 and Ballot Processing Update

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – The San Francisco Department of Elections issued the 11th preliminary election results report of votes cast for the November 8, 2016, Consolidated General Election. 

Today’s report includes votes tallied from approximately 16,443 vote-by-mail ballots, and from a total of 71,420 cards.  Most of the cards tabulated and reported in today’s results report were received on or after Election Day. 

The Department expects to continue reviewing and processing vote-by-mail ballots until at least Wednesday, November 23.  The second review pass of some provisional ballots began yesterday, and the review process will continue for several more days.  The counting of provisional ballots will begin no earlier than Wednesday, November 16.

The Department will issue preliminary results reports daily around 4 p.m.  All results reports are posted on the Department’s website:

sfelections.org/results/20161108/

Ballot Processing Update
The Department continues to prepare approximately 77,000 ballots for processing.  This total includes approximately 53,000 vote-by-mail ballots and nearly 24,000 provisional ballots.  

Already, the Department has processed nearly 940,000 ballot cards cast by vote-by-mail voters.  Overall, the Department must still process approximately 347,000 ballot cards.

More vote-by-mail ballots were cast for this election than for any previous San Francisco election.  The Department will ultimately process nearly 1.3 million ballot cards associated with vote-by-mail ballots.

The first review of provisional ballots is mostly completed, other than for Supervisorial Districts 6 and 10 for which initial reviews continue.  The number of provisional ballots included in this initial review is 23,815.  The following table provides the current breakdown of provisional ballots received from each Supervisorial District, including the current number of ballots that were accepted for counting during this first review, the number of provisional ballots that still require a first or second review to determine if voters have registration records in San Francisco, and the number of provisional ballots that cannot be counted for reasons such as people not being registered to vote in San Francisco.

Supervisorial District

Count Of Provisional Ballots Received

# Accepted for Counting from First Review

# Requiring First or Second Review

# Challenged, Not Eligible for Counting

1

        2,083

          1,523

              502

                 58

2

        2,261

          1,706

              546

                   9

3

        2,153

          1,610

              530

                 13

4

        1,586

          1,238

              344

                   4

5

        2,405

          1,880

              511

                 14

6

        3,007

          1,419

           1,574

                 14

7

        2,601

          1,679

              911

                 11

8

        1,922

          1,549

              362

                 11

9

        1,913

          1,556

              344

                 13

10

        2,231

             690

           1,532

                   9

11

        1,653

          1,285

              357

                 11

 Total

      23,815

        16,135

           7,513

               167

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.The remaining unprocessed ballots mostly consist of vote-by-mail ballots that voters delivered to polling places, cast at the City Hall Voting Center, and delivered to the City Hall ballot drop-off stations on Election Day.  Also, the Department continues to process vote-by-mail ballots received from the USPS on or after Election Day.  Provisional ballots cast at polling places on Election Day remain for processing as well. 

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 expects to be processing ballots daily through Wednesday of next week.

Vote-by-mail ballots were eligible to be reviewed for counting if they arrived from the USPS or a delivery service by Monday, November 14, and included postmarks that were stamped on the return envelopes on or before Election Day.  The Department obtained 18 late-arriving vote-by-mail ballots last night just before midnight during its visit to the main postal facility, five of which are eligible for processing.   

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 sfgov.org/elections/live.

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

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