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San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and Department of Elections Team up to Combat Election Fraud

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Rachel Marshall / (415) 416-4468 / Rachel.Marshall@sfgov.org 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Today, District Attorney Chesa Boudin and San Francisco Department of Elections Director John Arntz announced that their offices will work together to combat election fraud in the upcoming general election.  As part of this effort, District Attorney Boudin has set up a multi-lingual Election Fraud Hotline for members of the public to report election fraud or election interference, and will make investigators available to follow up on complaints received by either the District Attorney’s Office or the Department of Elections.

“Free and impartial elections are the backbone of our country’s democracy,” said District Attorney Boudin.  “I am committed to ensuring that voters in San Francisco can exercise this fundamental right without interference.  Director Arntz and I are seeking the public’s help to report wrongdoing and to ensure that no one undermines our democratic process.”

“It is critical that those who witness or experience election tampering or fraud know how to report it,” said Elections Department Director John Arntz.  “We are pleased that this partnership provides a way to investigate and follow up on allegations of fraud so that we can preserve the integrity of our elections.”  

This election cycle, taking place in the midst of a global pandemic, has record numbers of voters casting their ballots by mail, as San Francisco sent out mail-in ballots to all registered voters.  Voting began in California on October 5, and runs through Election Day, November 3.  Information on early voting, ballot drop-off, and polling place locations and hours can be located at sfelections.org. Election Day is November 3, 2020 and the polls will be open from 7:00 am-8:00 pm in San Francisco.

According to the California Secretary of State, the following are the most common California Elections Code Violations:

Election Day and Voting Violations 

  • Using or threatening to use any force, violence, or tactic of coercion or intimidation to compel another to vote or refrain from voting in general, or for against any particular person or measure [EC §18540] 
  • Electioneering within 100 feet of a polling place on Election Day [EC §18370]                                                                
  • Electioneering in the presence of a voter during vote-by-mail voting [EC §18371] 
  • Receiving money, a gift, loan or any other valuable consideration for voting [EC §18521] 
  • Fraudulently voting or attempting to vote in an election in which one is not entitled [EC §18560(a)] 

Petition Initiative and Circulator Violations 

  • As a petition circulator, intentionally misrepresenting the contents, purport or effect of that petition to a prospective signer [EC §18600] 
  • Obscuring the Attorney General’s summary of the measure from a prospective signer [EC §18602] 
  • Exchanging money or valuable consideration for petition signatures [EC §18603] 
  • Circulating a petition, knowing it contains false, forged or fictitious names [EC §18611] 
  • Signing a petition more than once or signing knowing that you are not qualified to sign it [EC §18612] 
  • Subscribing fictitious names or the name of another to a petition [EC §18613] 
  • Threatening a petition circulator with assault or battery or inflicting damage on a circulator’s property or that of the circulator’s relative [EC §18630] 
  •  Making a false affidavit concerning a petition or the petition signatures [EC §18660] 

Voter Registration Violations 

  • Registering yourself or another knowing that you or that person is not entitled to register [EC §18100(a)] 
  • Registering a non-existent person (including the deceased, animals, inanimate objects) [EC §18100(b)] 
  • Registering a fictitious person or someone not requesting registration [EC §18101]
  • Negligence in promptly transferring a voter’s affidavit to an elections official [EC §18103]
  • Altering the party affiliation of a voter’s affidavit [EC §18106] 
  • Misrepresenting on a voter registration card as having assisted another to register [EC §18108.1] 
  • Knowingly misusing voter registration information obtained from the county Registrar or Secretary of State or acquiring voter information without complying with Elections Code section 2188 [EC §18109] 

 Nomination and Election Campaign Violations 

  • Filing a false nomination or declaration of candidacy [EC §18203] 
  • Using the seal of a county or local government agency in campaign literature with intent to deceive voters [EC §18304] 
  • Voting or attempting to vote more than once in an election [EC §18560(b)] 
  • Fraudulently applying for, voting or attempting to vote an absentee ballot [EC §18578] .

Anyone who believes they have information concerning a possible incident of election fraud or interference should call the San Francisco District Attorney’s Election Fraud Hotline at (628) 652-4368.