Election Day Roundup: The Best of the Links


You know what to do. Polls close at 8 p.m.

You know by now it’s Election Day or you wouldn’t be here.

Haven’t voted? Still undecided? Not sure where to cast your ballot or to register first? Just hungry for anything about the Big Day? Here’s a collection of sources that can help feed the need and satisfy the cravings. We’ll update into the evening. Polls close at 8 p.m.

Updated 8:49 p.m.


San Francisco Department of Elections’ official running tally of votes, registration and turnout. First results — mail-in ballots — are expected at about 8:45 p.m.

Across the Bay, follow the Alameda County races and propositions. No indication of the timing of vote counts.

On the Peninsula, the first San Mateo County results from mail ballots will be posted at 8:05 p.m., followed by polling-station tallies starting at 9, with updates every 30 minutes until complete.

Here’s the Chronicle’s live coverage.

The Mercury News/East Bay Times/Bay Area News Group has a live blog updating results.

The Mission Local team is hard at it.

Like to watch? KPIX, NBC Bay Area, KGO and KTVU.

CALmatters will have live statewide results.

Curious about the Southland? The Los Angeles Times has live primary-day updates followed by live results.

Election Coverage

In the eight-way mayor’s contest, “The first round of results will be moderate-to-conservative — but who is the conservative candidate in this race?” asks 48hills’ Tim Redmond in “Election Night: What to Expect.”

Long lines for voters casting their ballots at SF City Hall,” the Examiner reports.

“So, it’s going to be a low-turnout election. That’s how San Francisco rolls,” Mission Local’s political ace Joe Eskenazi (who also wrote pieces on Jane Kim, Mark Leno and Angela Alioto for the Public Press’ pre-vote coverage) tells us in “What to watch for as the early returns for mayor trickle in.”

From the Chronicle’s political tag team of Mattier & Ross, “In SF mayor’s race, being No. 2 could be key to winning the race.” And elsewhere in the Chron, “Voting ends Tuesday, but some election results could take days.”

The Mercury News: “California voters hit the polls in what could be a fateful primary election.”

CALmatters: “Election Day Crib Sheet: What to watch as results roll in.”

Ghosts in the machine in San Mateo County. Voters in Daly City, Belmont and Menlo Park had to cast provisional paper ballots Tuesday morning because of a “minor glitch” in the electronic-voting system, the Mercury News reports.

Cheers, Tears and Beers

Follow your instincts — to the bar, win, lose or too close to call. It’s political party time.

Find London Breed at Delancey Street, 600 The Embarcadero, 8:30 to 11 p.m.

Catch Jane Kim at Folsom Street Foundry, 1425 Folsom St., 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

Looking for Mark Leno? Head to Jane Warner Plaza and Harvey Milk Plaza, at Castro and Market streets, 8 to 10 p.m.

Angela Alioto will greet the faithful at Taverna Aventine, 582 Washington St., starting at 8:30 p.m.

Ranked Choice Voting

The San Francisco mayor’s contest will be decided by ranked choice voting, aka instant runoff. Not entirely clear on the concept? These may help:

The San Francisco Department of Elections instructs you on marking your ballot, finding your polling station or registering today and voting at City Hall.

The nonpartisan organization FairVote California put together a video that even a 5-year-old can understand. Got it down and done? Tweet your experience at #RankedChoiceVoting. See S.F. voters’ experiences between 2004 and 2016 in 68 contests using RCV.

At SF Weekly, it’s “One, Two, Three: The Ins and Outs of RCV.”

KQED’s love-it-or-hate-it primer goes to the heart of voters’ bafflement: “San Francisco’s new mayor will be chosen in June by a system few voters can fully explain, much less understand. It’s a process even the guy who runs the city’s elections struggles to describe.”

Nonpartisan Voter Guides

San Francisco Department of Elections.

California Secretary of State.

The League of Women Voters San Francisco offers nonpartisan pros and cons of the city’s election.


ABC7 News collected voter resources for the nine Bay Area counties.

By the Bay’s nonpartisan visual votefest digests the often-undigestible to help you understand the candidates and ballot measures.



Voter’s Edge California offers customized election information.

Partisan Voter Guides and Endorsements

San Francisco Chronicle.

San Francisco Examiner.

SPUR (the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association).

San Francisco Bay Guardian.

San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters.

San Francisco Tenants Union.

San Francisco Democratic Party.

San Francisco Republican Party.

A poll worker was on hand Monday outside S.F. City Hall to collect ballots or provide information. Photo by Noah Arroyo // San Francisco Public Press

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