Man Charged With Registering to Vote Using False Addresses

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April 6, 2016


CONTACT:       ALEX BASTIAN (415) 553-1931

MAX SZABO (415) 553-9089


SAN FRANCISCO— Today, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced that Donald Dewsnup, age 49, of San Francisco, was arraigned on charges of registering to vote using a false address.  Dewsnup’s fraudulent voter registration enabled him to vote in a supervisorial district in which he did not reside. 

“San Francisco’s supervisorial races can be decided by a small number of voters,” said District Attorney George Gascón.  “A healthy democracy benefits from zealous debate, but can be undermined by fraud and deceit.”

To ensure the integrity of the electoral process, California law requires voters to put their true residential addresses on their voter registration forms.  Dewsnup, a licensed realtor, is also accused of providing a false address to the California Bureau of Real Estate.  He is charged with three felony counts of filing a false document with a government agency, two felony counts of perjury, and two felony counts of false voter registration.  According to court documents, Dewsnup used these false addresses in order to infiltrate a neighborhood association on Telegraph Hill, where he did not reside, with the purpose of advancing his personal political agenda.

Dewsnup was arrested by San Francisco District Attorney Investigators yesterday.  He was arraigned on the felony charges today, and was released on his own recognizance.  He will appear in court again on April 19th for a prehearing conference.