Thousands of ballots remain to be counted for SF election

The fat lady has yet to sing a tune about Tuesday’s election, with 37,000 absentee ballots still left to count.

Elections Department Director John Artnz especially cautioned against calling the sheriff’s race due to tight margins.

“We may not know who’s going to be the winner until we get through all the ballots,” Arntz said, adding that this year’s post-election absentee ballot numbers are eclipsed only by the November 2008 election.

As of the latest counting Monday night, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi had about 10 points more than his closest competitors, Chris Cunnie and Paul Miyamoto.

Arntz expects total turnout in the race to reach about 40 percent, about 10 points below the average for the last 10 elections involving a mayoral race. About 18,000 more ballots are expected to be counted Wednesday, with results to be released at 4 p.m.

Also on Wednesday, Arntz said the department will tabulate ranked-choice figures as a snapshot in time of who would be the winner based on the most recent counting. About 19,000 more ballots are expected to be counted on Thursday.

dschreiber@sfexaminer.com

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