Of course, much of the focus has been on the mayor’s race. Incumbent Ed Lee is still seen as the favorite although his campaign has taken some major hits over the past few weeks. There have been several reports of voter fraud as supporters of Lee were allegedly seen in videos from other campaigns helping senior citizens fill out ballots in Chinatown. Because of several complaint calls to her office, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen has sent a number of election observers to closely monitor the election proceedings in San Francisco, although the office said it is not uncommon to send monitors to local election sites.
This is also a year when ranked-choice voting will likely play a role in San Francisco. Basically, voters can choose three candidates. If no one has a majority of the votes after all the ballots are counted, the person in last place is eliminated and those who voted for that person will have their second choice counted. That process continues until a candidate receives a majority of the votes.
The city will also be voting for candidates to fill the positions of District Attorney and Sheriff.
There are also several propositions to consider including two separate props related to pension reform, a street improvement bond measure and sale tax increase.
If you do not have a voter’s guide, you can get more information on the candidates and propositions here. Polls close at 8:00 p.m. As the results come in, we will try to keep you informed on winners throughout the evening.