vote_lede_template.jpgSan Francisco elections officials are scheduled to release the next round of ranked-choice voting results this afternoon in several tightly contested races for Board of Supervisors seats.

The city’s voting system allows for voters’ second and third choices to be factored in if no candidate receives at least 50 percent of the votes in the initial tally.

The city’s 11-member legislative body will get four new members in January, and could decide who will be the interim mayor to replace current mayor and lieutenant governor-elect Gavin Newsom, until the next mayoral election in November 2011.

Races remain undecided in District 2, which includes the Marina, Russian Hill and parts of the Richmond District; District 6, which covers the Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods; District 8, which includes the Castro and Noe Valley neighborhoods; and District 10, which blankets the Bayview, Potrero Hill and Visitacion Valley.

The closest races are in District 2, where Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District board member Janet Reilly led investment banker Mark Farrell by 231 votes in results posted by the Department of Elections on Monday.

In District 10, Tony Kelly, a theater company founder and community activist, led Marlene Tran, a former teacher and neighborhood activist, by 15 votes as of Monday. In third place was BART board director Lynette Sweet; in fourth place, Steve Moss, founder of San Francisco Community Power; and in fifth place, Malia Cohen, a public affairs, media and policy consultant. All five were separated by only 133 votes.

Board of education president Jane Kim has a wider lead in District 6, as does Scott Weiner in District 8.

The next update from the Department of Elections is expected at 4 p.m. today.

Final elections results, however, are not expected until 28 days after the election, Department of Elections Director John Arnst said.

Ari Burack, Bay City News

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