San Francisco Department of Elections: Election Results Report #14 and Ballot Processing Update

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, November 18, 2016 – The San Francisco Department of Elections issued the 14th preliminary election results report of votes cast for the November 8, 2016, Consolidated General Election. 

Today’s report includes votes tallied from approximately 10,127 vote-by-mail ballots, and from a total of 49,770 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 and third reviews of provisional ballots will continue for several more days.  The counting of valid provisional ballots will begin Saturday, November 19.

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 34,000 ballots for processing.  This total includes approximately 10,000 vote-by-mail ballots and nearly 24,000 provisional ballots.  

Already, the Department has processed more than 1.1 million ballot cards cast by vote-by-mail voters.  Overall, the Department must still process approximately 150,000 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 an initial review is 24,177.  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 an initial 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 

# Currently Accepted for Counting

# Requiring  Second or Third Review

# Challenged, Not Eligible for Counting

1

2,088

1,570

22

496

2

2,262

1,817

103

342

3

2,156

1,666

55

435

4

1,590

1,333

51

206

5

2,519

2,045

47

427

6

3,029

2,281

105

643

7

2,679

1,824

96

759

8

1,917

1,603

60

254

9

1,963

1,642

25

296

10

2,255

1,851

91

313

11

1,719

1,424

8

287

Totals

24,177

19,056

663

4,458

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 sfelections.org/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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