San Francisco Department of Elections: Election Results Report #16 and Ballot Processing Update

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Sunday, November 20, 2016 – The San Francisco Department of Elections issued the 16th preliminary election results report of votes cast for the November 8, 2016, Consolidated General Election. 

Today’s report includes votes tallied from approximately 1,468 vote-by-mail ballots, 2,104 provisional ballots, and an approximate total of 22,105 cards.

The total number of voters included in this report, 396,891, increases the new record number, set this election, of voters who participated 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 review of provisional ballots is nearly complete; however, the counting of provisional and other ballot cards may continue through Wednesday, November 23.

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 18,000 ballots for processing.  This total includes approximately 2,000 vote-by-mail ballots and less than 16,000 provisional ballots, and any cards requiring a manual review prior to tabulation such as card containing overvotes and undervotes.

Already, the Department has processed nearly 1.2 million ballot cards cast by vote-by-mail voters.  Overall, the Department must still process approximately 75,000 ballot cards.

The review of provisional ballots will most likely be completed tomorrow.  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, 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

2,094

1,577

8

509

2

2,264

1,835

7

422

3

2,157

1,685

9

463

4

1,589

1,333

3

253

5

2,519

2,068

5

446

6

3,032

2,305

5

722

7

2,681

1,835

6

840

8

1,920

1,622

3

295

9

1,960

1,648

1

311

10

2,259

1,870

4

385

11

1,719

1,422

5

292

Totals

24,194

19,200

56

4,938

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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