One of the fascinating aspects of ranked choice voting is that one can learn which candidates have a similar voting base. I certainly wanted to know where the votes went after each candidate was eliminated. Below are charts that follow the flow of votes from round to round to show you how we got to the final tally and declaration of a winner. Read More
Much has been made of Asian voter influence in Tuesday’s mayoral election, but it’s also important to note that the geographic support of Ed Lee’s stretched citywide — including into the home district of his closest competitor. Read More
Widespread voter confusion, wasted millions in campaign financing, claims of election fraud — just a typical November in San Francisco.
City voters proved once again that they can rise above the clamor, and while they had to wait patiently for their ballots to be counted under our spin-the-big-wheel system of elections, they at least reiterated that San Francisco has no plans to become Oakland. Read More
Much has been made of Mayor Ed Lee’s allegedly laundered campaign contributions this election season, but many of his opponents also have taken illegal money — amid considerably less scandal.
City ethics rules forbid candidates from taking money from people involved in organizations awarded city contracts worth more than $50,000 if those contracts are approved by the candidates in their current city jobs or by the office they are seeking. Read More
With early absentee voting under way and just five days until San Franciscans swarm to the voting booths, stories of laundered campaign contributions and ballot stuffing continue to dog Mayor Ed Lee.
On Wednesday, after new allegations surfaced that a Lee supporter laundered campaign donations, Lee’s opponents once again rushed for the spotlight to demand an investigation and federal oversight of Tuesday’s elections. Read More
The City has sued the landlord of a Tenderloin apartment building for allegedly forcing tenants to live in bedbug-ridden squalor with drug-dealing gang members keeping them “like prisoners in their own homes.” Read More
Same-sex couples, who say San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera defended them in order to allow them the right to marry seven years ago, are now returning the favor. Read More
Allegations of voter manipulation by an independent expenditure group supporting Ed Lee prompted seven mayoral candidates to seek federal election monitors Sunday.
Lee’s challengers wrote to the U.S. Department of Justice and the California secretary of state, suggesting that the SF Neighbor Alliance targets Cantonese-speaking voters and “may potentially impinge on” their voting rights. Read More
The City’s mayoral candidates are split when it comes to Proposition H, a ballot initiative that would make it city policy to encourage San Francisco Unified School District to assign students to schools close to their homes. Though City Attorney Dennis Herrera and interim Mayor Ed Lee have said they are not campaigning on the issue, both candidates have evidently decided how they will vote. Read More
The moment Mayor Ed Lee entered this year’s San Francisco mayoral race, he didn’t just become the front-runner — he also stacked the field with an unprecedented fourth major Chinese-American candidate.
For charts detailing information about Chinese-language newspapers in San Francisco, click on the photo to the right. Read More