Heading into the final weekend before Election Day, there are still plenty of ballots out in San Francisco.
Of 260,628 mail-in ballots sent to voters, only 93,336 had been returned as of Friday. There are a total of 502,756 registered voters in San Francisco, with 234,983 permanent mail voters and 40,344 having registered under the state’s new online voter registration system. 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.
With the overwhelming voter endorsement of pension reforms in San Jose and San Diego, folks here in San Francisco might be thinking, “Thank goodness we passed our own reform — Proposition C — last November.” Well, as was pointed out in this column and in public statements by Jeff Adachi and even mayoral candidate Joanna Rees, Prop. C was founded on the fanciful notion that we could continue to assume a 7.75 percent return on pension fund investments. Read More
While the Board of Supervisors does not meet on Tuesdays following a Monday holiday, the legislative body does meet Tuesday even though it’s Election Day and most citizens are engaged in voting for their next San Francisco mayor and a number of significant ballot measures, like dueling pension measures and a half cent sales tax. Read More
Voter turnout for the Nov. 8 election so far is about 15,000 -- with tens of thousands still expected to roll in -- if this year’s turnout matches past years involving mayoral races.Most of the returned ballots were mailed in, with 1,100 others coming from voters at an early polling station on the ground floor of City Hall. Early voting in San Francisco began on Oct. 11. Read More
The San Francisco mayoral race began in a very un-San Francisco way. With no clear front-runner, candidates were civil, cordial and even pleasant with each other in early forums. Read More
The celebrity mentalist has predicted the Republican nominee and the winner of the 2012 presidential election. He successfully predicted that Barack Obama would win in 2008, but he won’t reveal his 2012 pick in advance. Instead, he placed the prediction in four lockboxes, to be opened the morning after Election Day. Read More
The motto of last year’s successful ballot campaign to initiate Saturday voting in San Francisco was “Why Tuesday?”
As it turns out, the answer is because Saturday is too expensive.
Political strategist Alex Tourk sent an email to his supporters Sunday saying there will not be a Saturday vote this year because the necessary fundraising simply wasn’t successful. Read More
The 50-year-old man accused of stealing ballots in San Francisco on Election Day in November is scheduled to be in court Monday morning.Karl Bradfield Nicholas was in charge of a polling site on Nov. 2 when he allegedly absconded with approximately 75 ballots.The ballots were later found floating in the pond at the Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina district. Read More
With Election Day around the corner, Mayor Gavin Newsom is wasting no time. The mayor is spending Friday in Los Angeles campaigning in his race for lieutenant governor. Read More