Secretary of State Dispatches Election Observers
to San Francisco

Written by Luke Thomas. Posted in News, Politics

Published on November 07, 2011 with 11 Comments

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen. File photo by Luke Thomas.

By Luke Thomas

November 7, 2011

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced today she has ordered election monitors to oversee tomorrow’s election in San Francisco.

The decision appears to have been made in response to calls for election oversight following multiple reports of alleged ballot tampering in October by an independent group supporting interim mayor Ed Lee.

The voter fraud allegation has triggered a preliminary investigation by District Attorney George Gascón.

Five mayoral candidates – Senator Leland Yee, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Public Defender Jeff Adachi, Michela Alioto-Pier and Joanna Rees – penned a letter Thursday calling on Bowen and the US Department of Justice to investigate and oversee the election.

Public Defender Jeff Adachi, Michela Alioto-Pier, Senator Leland Yee, Joanna Rees and City Attorney Dennis Herrera held a press conference Thursday, 11/3/11, reiterating a call for election observers to monitor the election in San Francisco.

“The Secretary of State has generally heard from a variety of San Franciscans concerns that have been raised about tomorrow’s election,” Bowen spokesperson  Nicole Winger told the BayCitizen. “They will serve as extra eyes and ears on the ground.”

Responding to Bowen’s decision, Herrera spokesperson Matt Dorsey said in a statement: “Serious questions have been raised about electioneering activities in the Mayor’s race, and we’re grateful to Secretary of State Bowen for recognizing that oversight is needed.  San Franciscans deserve to have confidence in the legitimacy of their elections.”

Senator Yee, added, “I am very pleased to hear that the Secretary of State has decided to send state election monitors in response to the irresponsible and illegal activities by those supporting Ed Lee. San Franciscans deserve to have a fair and legitimate election, and these monitors will help protect the integrity of the vote.”

It is unclear if Federal authorities will also monitor the election.

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who proudly hails from London, England. In 2001, Thomas took a yearlong sabbatical to travel and develop a photographic portfolio. Upon his return to the US, Thomas studied photojournalism to pursue a career in journalism. In 2004, Thomas worked for several neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco before accepting a partnership agreement with the, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work. Thomas is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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