San Francisco Department of Elections: Election Results Report #18 and Ballot Processing Update

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, November 22, 2016 – The San Francisco Department of Elections issued the 18th preliminary election results report of votes cast for the November 8, 2016, Consolidated General Election. 

Today’s report includes votes tallied from approximately 163 vote-by-mail ballots, 7,833 provisional ballots, and from an approximate total of 38,857 cards.

The total number of voters included in this report, 414,189 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.

Today’s results report includes votes cast for qualified write-in candidates.  The remaining tallies for qualified write-in candidates will most likely be included in tomorrow’s results report.

The review of provisional ballots is finished; however, the counting of any outstanding provisional and other ballot cards will continue and the results from these remaining ballot cards will be reported in tomorrow’s results report.

The Department will issue preliminary results reports tomorrow around 4 p.m. 

sfelections.org/results/20161108/

The Department will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday and this weekend and will be neither processing ballots nor issuing results reports during these days.

Ballot Processing Update
Tomorrow, the Department expects to complete most ballot processing for this election and any outstanding cards to process would be in relation to the reconciliation of election materials during the cavass. Overall, the Department processed nearly 1.2 million ballot cards cast by vote-by-mail voters, which also represents a new record total set in this election.

Tomorrow’s results report will include votes from approximately 3,000 ballot cards.

The following table provides the breakdown of provisional ballots received from each Supervisorial District, including the number of ballots that were accepted for counting.  The table also lists the number of provisional ballots in each District found to be ineligible for counting.

Supervisorial District

Count Of Provisional Ballots Received 

# Accepted for Counting

# Challenged, Not Eligible for Counting

1

2,094

1,584

510

2

2,264

1,842

422

3

2,157

1,694

463

4

1,589

1,335

254

5

2,519

2,073

446

6

3,032

2,309

723

7

2,681

1,840

841

8

1,920

1,624

296

9

1,960

1,649

311

10

2,259

1,875

384

11

1,719

1,427

292

Totals

24,194

19,252

4,942

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.

Today the Department selected the precincts to include in the manual counting of ballots from 1% of the precincts from this election.  The manual tally will begin Monday, November 28, 8 a.m., in the Department’s warehouse on Pier 48, Shed B. 

The manual tally of the ballots is open to public observation and is also broadcast live 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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