Voters off to a slow start for San Francisco elections 

click to enlarge Voter turnout for the San Francisco elections Tuesday was low, according to elections officials. (Joseph Schell/Special to The Examiner) - VOTER TURNOUT FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO ELECTIONS TUESDAY WAS LOW, ACCORDING TO ELECTIONS OFFICIALS. (JOSEPH SCHELL/SPECIAL TO THE EXAMINER)
  • Voter turnout for the San Francisco elections Tuesday was low, according to elections officials. (Joseph Schell/Special to The Examiner)
  • Voter turnout for the San Francisco elections Tuesday was low, according to elections officials. (Joseph Schell/Special to The Examiner)

Voter turnout for Tuesday's San Francisco election has been sluggish so far, with about one-third of vote-by-mail ballots returned as of Monday afternoon, elections officials said.

“It’s pretty low,” said Rachel Gosiengfiao, a spokeswoman for the Department of Elections.

The department mailed out 213,456 ballots as of Monday and had received only 69,749 – a figure that also includes a minority of early voting ballots. Voters have until 8 p.m. to cast ballots at their assigned precincts or return mailed ballots.

John Artnz, the Department of Election director, said last week that turnout usually hovers around 50 percent for San Francisco elections involving a mayoral race.

dschreiber@sfexaminer.com

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