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News, The Snitch District 7: Recount Effort Moving Forward; Cost Estimate Could Be Generated Today

District 7: Recount Effort Moving Forward; Cost Estimate Could Be Generated Today

The process of initiating a recount in the wafer-thin District 7 supervisoral contest is moving forward, as election lawyer Jim Sutton has sent the city a letter listing the things he'd like counted, how he'd like them counted, and requesting…
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News, The Snitch Ross Mirkarimi Gets Prisoners to Vote

Ross Mirkarimi Gets Prisoners to Vote

We got a little glimpse of what Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has been doing now that he's back on the job: registering inmates to vote. And why shouldn't he want this, considering it was San Francisco prisoners who vociferously backed the…
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News, The Snitch Election Day Highlighted by Most People Not Voting

Election Day Highlighted by Most People Not Voting

Today's election has been lambasted as not only the most boring in recent memory, but the most boring June election in many a year.Fair enough. Today's low turnout is to be expected -- but it doesn't mean it's not embarrassing.…
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News, The Snitch DA Candidates Not Playing Well With Others

DA Candidates Not Playing Well With Others

David Onek's ballot designation challenged by two fellow DA candidatesIs the world growing more like a reality gameshow or are reality gameshows merely reflecting the state of the world today? The answer, of course, is yes. Ranked-choice voting, for whatever…
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News, The Snitch Will Somebody Please "Like" the Department of Elections?

Will Somebody Please "Like" the Department of Elections?

Are you following San Francisco's Department of Elections on Twitter? Yeah, we didn't think so. Granted, the department's foray into social networking just began two days ago, but you would think it could scrounge up more than the lonely five…
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News, The Snitch Google Failure Leads to City Worker Fielding Dozens of Misdirected Calls

Google Failure Leads to City Worker Fielding Dozens of Misdirected Calls

The majority of the calls Alexandria Ashley receives on any given day are for the San Francisco Department of Elections. The problem, of course, is that Ashley doesn't work for the Department of Elections. Due to a Google quirk, one…
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News, The Snitch Absentee Ballots Swamp City Hall

Absentee Ballots Swamp City Hall

Steve GarfieldPlenty more where that came from...​The concept of last-minute get-out-the-vote efforts loses its meaning when a hefty chunk of voters cast their ballots well prior to election day. That's a national trend -- and the hard numbers show San…
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News, The Snitch Could San Francisco Have Two Mayoral Elections in 2011?

Could San Francisco Have Two Mayoral Elections in 2011?

Are two elections really better than one? ​With political junkies gearing up for next year's mayoral election, city movers and shakers have been talking about a scenario that'd give the aforementioned fiends an overdose. Imagine if you will, that Gavin…
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News, The Snitch Michela Alioto-Pier Files to Run for Supe Again. Will Suit Against City Be Next?

Michela Alioto-Pier Files to Run for Supe Again. Will Suit Against City Be Next?

City's Department of Elections does not consider District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier eligible to defend her seatTwo years after City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed an opinion stating Michela Alioto-Pier was ineligible to run for re-election, the District 2 supe took…
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News, The Snitch Paltry Turnout to Register to Vote on Last Eligible Day

Paltry Turnout to Register to Vote on Last Eligible Day

Today's push by the Department of Elections to urge San Franciscans to register or re-register to vote today, the last eligible day prior to next month's election, has not resulted in a stampede by citizens inspired to participate in this…
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News, The Snitch Oh Yes, There's an Election Today. A Guide For the Last-Minute Voter.

Oh Yes, There's an Election Today. A Guide For the Last-Minute Voter.

Here at SF Weekly, we make a point of not telling you how to vote. Well, I'm going to break that taboo today. But not really. I'm not telling you who or what to vote for. I'm going to, literally,…
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News, The Snitch Where Does S.F. Department of Elections Get Those Wonderful Pictures For Voter Pamphlets? Would You Believe -- Flickr?

Where Does S.F. Department of Elections Get Those Wonderful Pictures For Voter Pamphlets? Would You Believe -- Flickr?

Thousands upon thousands of San Franciscans were greeted by Voter Information Pamphlets in their mail boxes this week. And yet -- as always -- the dread of a pending election featuring confusing ballot measures, the oft-bizarre arguments expended for and…
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News, Sucka Free City

Supervisor Aaron Peskin threatened with yet another recall campaign

The Committee to Recall Aaron Peskin failed to live up to its name earlier this year when the effort fizzled with a lack of signatures and organization. Now Peskin haters calling themselves District 3 Citizens for Good Government say they…
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News, The Snitch Bring Out Your Dead: S.F.’s Swelled Voter Rolls Were Possibly Stuffed With Stiffs

Bring Out Your Dead: S.F.’s Swelled Voter Rolls Were Possibly Stuffed With Stiffs

Just how the hell did the city lose 43,000 registered voters in four years? By Joe Eskenazi We’ve all lost things: our keys, glasses, coins in the couch. But we’ve never lost 42,529 registered voters like the city of…
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News, Dog Bites

Dog Bites

When Neil Eisenberg, a lawyer running for city attorney, read last week that the City Attorney's Office had investigated the personal and financial background of an official at the Department of Elections, and that the city attorney routinely does 25…
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News, South to the Future

South to the Future

November 3, 1999 SAN FRANCISCO -- An odd twist in the last-minute write-in campaign by Supervisor Tom Ammiano has done more than slow the ballot count in the San Francisco's contentious mayoral race -- it has called into question the…
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