San Francisco Department of Elections: Election Results Report #12 and Ballot Processing Update

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – The San Francisco Department of Elections issued the 12th preliminary election results report of votes cast for the November 8, 2016, Consolidated General Election. 

Today’s report includes votes tallied from approximately 16,324 vote-by-mail ballots, and from a total of 72,210 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 Wednesday, November 23.  The second review pass of provisional ballots began yesterday, and the review process will continue for several more days.  The counting of already accepted provisional ballots will begin no earlier than Thursday, November 17.

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 61,000 ballots for processing.  This total includes approximately 37,000 vote-by-mail ballots and nearly 24,000 provisional ballots.  

Already, the Department has processed more than one million ballot cards cast by vote-by-mail voters.  Overall, the Department must still process approximately 275,000 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 completed; however, any provisional ballots identified during the canvass of materials from the polling places will be added to these totals. The number of provisional ballots included in this initial review is 23,906.  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 second, or third, 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  Second or Third Review

# Challenged, Not Eligible for Counting

1

2,078

1,565

455

58

2

2,260

1,792

459

9

3

2,147

1,658

476

13

4

1,586

1,317

265

4

5

2,451

1,985

452

14

6

3,022

2,246

762

14

7

2,604

1,777

816

11

8

1,922

1,589

322

11

9

1,951

1,631

307

13

10

2,236

1,819

408

9

11

1,649

1,350

288

11

 

23,906

18,729

5,010

167

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. 

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

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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