San Francisco Department of Elections: Election Results Report #15 and Ballot Processing Update

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Saturday, November 19, 2016 – The San Francisco Department of Elections issued the 15th preliminary election results report of votes cast for the November 8, 2016, Consolidated General Election. 

Today’s report includes votes tallied from approximately 6,708 vote-by-mail ballots, 1,200 provisional ballots, for an approximate total of 38,446 cards, and some cards from the canvass.  Today the Department began tabulating provisional ballots and counted most of the provisional ballots cast in Supervisorial District 11. 

The total number of voters included in this report, 393,318, represents the most voters to participate in any election in San Francisco’s history.  The previous record for the number of voters, 388,112, who participated in an election in San Francisco was set in the November 2008, Consolidated General Election.

The Department expects to continue reviewing and processing vote-by-mail ballots until Wednesday, November 23.  The second and third reviews of provisional ballots is nearly complete.  The counting of provisional ballots will continue through Wednesday.

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 21,500 ballots for processing.  This total includes approximately 3,500 vote-by-mail ballots and nearly 18,000 provisional ballots.  

Already, the Department has processed nearly 1.2 million ballot cards cast by vote-by-mail voters.  Overall, the Department must still process approximately 97,000 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 second 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 24,183.  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 third, or fourth, 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  Third or Fourth Review

# Challenged, Not Eligible for Counting

1

2,092

1,571

22

499

2

2,261

1,827

38

396

3

2,156

1,682

13

461

4

1,588

1,339

11

238

5

2,521

2,056

28

437

6

3,032

2,300

40

692

7

2,678

1,841

20

817

8

1,918

1,620

38

260

9

1,959

1,651

8

300

10

2,257

1,867

35

355

11

1,721

1,424

8

289

Totals

24,183

19,178

261

4,744

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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