Posted: 8:11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

District 7 race remains tight, counting expected to continue into next week

State employee reviewing a mail-in ballot
Rich Pedroncelli
Victoria Williams processes a mail-in ballot at the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters office in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. The proportion of California voters requesting mail-in ballots this year is expected to surpass 2008, when about 42 percent of the 13.7 million ballots cast in the presidential election were sent by mail. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)


Two candidates remain within less than 100 votes of each other in the hotly contested race for San Francisco's District 7 supervisorial seat, according to the Department of Elections.

Results released at 4 p.m. Friday show F.X. Crowley, who has served on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and San Francisco Port Commission, still leading with 50.23 percent of the vote after six rounds of ranked-choice voting. 

Election officials only added 526 votes to yesterday's tally Friday, bringing Crowley's total to 10,891 and San Francisco Board of Education President Norman Yee's to 10,793-- only a 98 vote gap.

There are about 1,800 mail-in ballots left to be counted for District 7, and another 1,900 provisional ballots, Director of Elections John Arntz said today. The department expects to finish the mail-in ballots and release those results by 4 p.m. Saturday, and may have provisional ballot results by early next week. 

"We really are trying to get District 7 done as quickly as possible," Arntz said.

There are around 52,000 to 53,000 ballots left to be counted citywide, Arntz said.

The winner of the race will replace termed-out Supervisor Sean Elsbernd in representing the district in the southwest part of the city that includes the neighborhoods of West Portal and Parkmerced as well as the areas near Twin Peaks, Lake Merced and San Francisco State University.

Michael Garcia, who Elsbernd endorsed to be his successor, finished in third place, according to the latest totals.

Arntz noted that there is no provision for an automatic recount under California law. A recount can be requested within five days, but it can cost an estimated $3,500 to $5,000 per day and the person requesting it needs to pay a deposit before counting begins.

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