Results Reporting Schedule
On Election Night, the Department of Elections releases several summary reports of election results. These results are preliminary, as there are still ballots that the Department processes after Election Day, including:
- Vote-by-mail ballots that are dropped off at polling places or the City Hall drop-off stations
- Vote-by-mail ballots received in the mail within three days of Election Day
- Unsigned vote-by-mail ballots that are remedied by voters within eight days of the election
- Provisional ballots
- Ballots with write-in votes
- Votes cast on the Edge accessible voting machines, which the Department must transfer onto paper ballots
The processing of ballots 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 Observe the Process page. Results become final after all ballots have been processed and the Department certifies the election.
Reporting Preliminary Results
The Department begins reporting preliminary results on election night after all polling places have closed
Reporting Preliminary Results after the Close of Polls on Election Night
At approximately 8:45 p.m. the Department releases the first preliminary summary report of election results. This report provides the results from the vote-by-mail ballots that the Department receives and processes before Election Day. With this first summary report, the Department also releases a preliminary Statement of the Vote, a ranked-choice report with ballot image files, a precinct turnout report, and a neighborhood turnout report.
At approximately 9:45 p.m., the Department releases a second summary report of results that includes votes cast at the polling places.
At approximately 10:45 p.m. the Department releases a third summary report of results.
After all polling places have reported on Election Night, the Department releases a fourth summary report, as well as a second preliminary Statement of the Vote, a ranked-choice report with ballot image files, a precinct turnout report, and a neighborhood turnout report.
Reporting Preliminary Results after Election Day
Ballot processing continues after Election Day until the Department has counted the eligible votes on all ballots. Every day that ballots are counted, the Department releases updated results reports at approximately 4p.m. On days in which ballots are not counted, the Department will issue a press release stating that no results reports will be issued for that day.
Types and File Formats of Preliminary Results Reports
During the first and last reports on Election Night, and at 4 p.m. on any day after Election Day during which ballots are counted, the Department will release the following reports:
- Statement of the Vote, showing a precinct-by-precinct breakdown of votes cast at polling places and by mail, including neighborhood and district breakdowns in the following formats:
- TSV (tab-separated values)
- Raw text
- Reports for all ranked-choice voting contests, including those contests for which there are majority leaders, showing elimination of candidates until only two candidates remain, in the following formats:
- Ballot image file in raw text format
- Round-by-round elimination reports in HTML table format
- Detailed round-by-round elimination reports in PDF format
- Neighborhood Turnout Report
- Precinct Turnout Report
- Precinct Turnout Map
The Department will apply a SHA-512 cryptographic function to create hash values for each report. This process is verification that the results posted on the Department’s website are reliable and have not been changed.
Reporting Final Results
The Department will release final election results no later than the end of the canvass period as required by the state election law. After certifying the election results, the Department will deliver the certified statement of the results and associated attachments to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors and the Secretary of State, and will post the documents on sfelections.org. As with preliminary election results, the Department will apply a SHA-512 cryptographic function to create hash values for each report. This process is verification that the results posted on the Department’s website are reliable and have not been changed.
Additionally, the Department will post the final results outside the Department’s office, City Hall, Room 48, as well as issue a press release and Twitter and Facebook notifications that the election results are certified.
Where to View Results
Election results will be available from the following sources:
- Election Results Summary page on sfelections.org – all results reports, including the preliminary Statement of the Vote, the precinct turnout, and the neighborhood turnout, will be posted on the Department’s website and a link to statewide results on the Secretary of State’s website will be provided
- San Francisco Government Television – SFGTV, Channel 26, will report San Francisco summary results on Election night as a banner during SFGTV programming
- City Hall, North Light Court on Election Night – a large screen will display SFGTV programming that will show San Francisco summary results; printed copies of the summary results report will be available at approximately 8:45 p.m., with updates available at approximately 9:45 p.m., 10:45 p.m., and 11:30 p.m.
- Department of Elections, City Hall, Room 48 – printed copies of results reports will be available at the Department’s front counter (the preliminary Statement of the Vote will not be printed due to its length)
- On social media at: Twitter @sfelections and Facebook.com/sfelections