After flirting with the idea of demanding a recount for the District 7 supervisorial election that was decided by just 132 votes, labor leader F.X. Crowley and his backers stood down on Monday, citing costs.
On Friday, Department of Elections Director John Arntz provided recount proponents with the estimated cost of recounting District 7’s 31,334 ballots, which led to school board President Norman Yee’s 132-vote victory over Crowley in the nine-candidate contest. Read More
A possible recall effort against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi appears to be losing steam — at least for now.
Anger over the Board of Supervisors’ decision in October to reinstate the embattled sheriff, following his suspension in the wake of a domestic violence case involving his wife, led to calls for a voter-driven ouster that had appeared imminent to some.
Supporters of labor leader F.X. Crowley have set in motion a recount of the vote tally that made Board of Education President Norman Yee win the District 7 seat on the Board of Supervisors by 132 votes.
But while Crowley supporters say the margin of victory is close enough to justify a recount, they are not so sure they will actually follow through on their request for one. That will depend on how much Department of Elections Director John Arntz says it would cost. Read More
During the tumult of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s official misconduct hearings, he and his attorneys said that a public recall election — not the rarely used removal process employed by Mayor Ed Lee — was the proper way to oust an elected official.
But now that a recall effort appears to be forming, the newly reinstated sheriff has changed his tune. Read More
School board President Norman Yee has taken a 33-vote lead in the race for the District 7 seat on the Board of Supervisors, although the contest is not yet over.
Yee had trailed labor leader F.X. Crowley last week, but took the lead Saturday as more votes were counted over the weekend. He retained that lead following Monday’s latest tally.
“It’s going in the right direction for me,” Yee said about Monday afternoon’s updated vote count. Read More
The outcome of the District 7 supervisorial election is far from resolved, after labor leader F.X. Crowley’s margin over his closest competitor decreased Thursday from 331 votes to just 97 after 3,400 additional ballots were counted.
The race appears to be a tossup between Crowley and Board of Education President Norman Yee, who is viewed as the more progressive of the two candidates. Read More
Like 911 for emergencies and 311 for potholes, San Francisco now has a dedicated phone line for campaign corruption — just in time for election season.
On Monday, District Attorney George Gascón and Department of Elections Director John Arntz called the hotline necessary to “maintaining the public’s confidence.” Read More
For the first time, preliminary results of ranked-choice voting will be released on Election Night, which should help to calm nerves and lessen suspense.
In the past, the Department of Elections would wait days to run the first tabulation of ranked-choice voting, which left many guessing where people’s second- and third-place votes would go in the close races.
San Francisco’s election season is just getting under way, but it’s never too early for scandals both big and, well, silly. It seemed more the latter when former Supervisor Tony Hall attempted to meet an endorsement deadline to support business owner Bob Squeri for his former seat representing The City’s southwestern District 7. Read More
In response to allegations of electioneering impropriety, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen will send observers to monitor San Francisco’s municipal election today. “Concerns have been raised by a variety of San Franciscans,” said Bowen’s spokeswoman Nicole Winger, who added that San Francisco will be the only California jurisdiction to host observers this year. The observers will work with local authorities, Winger said. Read More