Complaints filed about illegal electioneering in San Francisco

The San Francisco Elections Department received more than 20 complaints Tuesday morning about electioneering too close to polling places, with supporters reportedly catcalling for candidates including Mayor Ed Lee, state Sen. Leland Yee and Supervisor John Avalos. Rules forbid such activity less than 100 feet from the entrances of voting precincts.

Elections officials called the campaigns and went to check on the complaints, which came from neighborhoods including Chinatown, Excelsior, Sunset and Noe Valley.

“By the time we got to the precincts, they had dispersed,” said Rachel Gosiengfiao, a spokeswoman for the department.

Elections monitors from the California Secretary of State’s Office are stationed throughout The City in response to a letter from seven mayoral candidates last month highlighting alleged voter fraud by an independent group supporting Lee.

dschreiber@sfexaminer.com

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