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San Francisco Department of Elections

June 5, 2012, Consolidated Presidential Primary Election

Why Election Results Change After Election Night

On Election Night, the Department of Elections reports results from all polling places. However, there are ballots that cannot be processed on Election Night, including vote-by-mail ballots that the Department received on Election Day, and provisional ballots cast at polling places. All aspects of the election process are open to public view, so candidates, members of the media and the public may observe signature verification and processing of vote-by-mail and provisional ballots.