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San Francisco primary election results: housing, office caps, empty stores, and earthquakes [Updated]

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Pins that read “vote” in a pile. Photo by 3dfoto

The sun has set on Super Tuesday in San Francisco. Early vote tallies are in, showing that SF voters likely gave a thumbs up to every housing and infrastructure-related proposal put before them, although a few contests remain too close to call.

According to the SF Department of Elections, turnout for the Tuesday primary was low, coming in at well under 30 percent—or less than 145,000 votes citywide.

[Update: With more ballots counted Wednesday afternoon, turnout rose to over 47 percent. Christopher Bowman, who served on the City’s Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections from 1993 to 2001, tells Curbed SF that based on the number of number of mail-in ballots issued this year he predicts turnout around 57 percent. So far the city counts more than 240,000 ballots; none of the new updates since election night have changed the apparent outcome of these contests]

Most of the attention was focused on the ongoing Democratic primary election, in which SF voters favored Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who took in more than 37 percent of the ballots already tallied.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren came in second and third, respectively, almost tied without around 22 percent apiece as the count sits as of Wednesday morning.

President Donald Trump faced no significant opposition in the Republican primary and netted more than 81.5 percent of the vote in SF, a contest in which fewer than 9,300 people cast ballots. [Update: That figure has since risen to nearly 13,000, with Trump’s share declining a bit to 80.5 percent.]

On a local level, SF voters decided the fate of proposed earthquake and school bonds as well as divisive plans to tax empty storefronts and potentially cap the amount of new office space the city builds every year. Find out more about the outcomes of those contests below.

Proposition B

Proposition B will take out over $628 million in bonds for seismic upgrades to emergency facilities in San Francisco in preparation for a major earthquake.

Get the latest election results for Proposition B here.

Proposition D

Proposition D will level fines (up to $1,000 per linear foot) on retail outlets that sit empty for too long, in hopes of spurring landlords to be more aggressive courting potential tenants.

Get the latest election results for Proposition D here.

Proposition E

Proposition E will force the city to limit how much new office space it can permit each year for as long as the city continues to fail meeting its affordable housing goals.

Get the latest election results for Proposition E here.


Proposition 13

Not to be confused with that other Proposition 13, this bond would have borrowed $15 billion to fix up California public schools and colleges, modernizing campuses, seismically reinforcing buildings, and removing health risks like lead paint and asbestos.

Get the latest election results for Proposition 13 here.