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Friday, November 5, 2010

Stolen Ballots Fished Out of Pond

Posted By on Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 6:45 AM

click to enlarge Deposits only, please!
  • Deposits only, please!

The case of Karl Bradfield Nicholas, the allegedly thieving San Francisco poll worker, continues to baffle his colleagues. There's no resale value for used ballots, or the archaic "memory pack" he is accused of swiping on election day -- so the crimes he is accused of don't make much sense. 

Nor does running off with 75 ballots only to hurl them into a pond across town, as Nicholas is accused of. A park worker yesterday found a bag of ballots floating in a pond near the Palace of Fine Arts, across town from the Crocker Amazon site where Nicholas was a poll inspector.

The "memory pack," which contains an electronic record of votes cast, has not been recovered -- nor has the voter roster and colleague's cell phone Nicholas allegedly purloined.

It is unclear if the votes from the soggy ballots will be counted, as the "chain of custody" was broken. They will definitely serve as evidence in the case against Nicholas, however. He is charged with three felony counts: Two violations of the elections code and burglary. He faces the potential of years in prison.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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