vote_lede_template.jpgHey, are you still wondering what happened to the ballots that were rather oddly stolen from an SF polling station, then were fished out of a pond near the Palace of Fine Arts?

As you might recall, election worker and blogger Karl Bradfield Nicholas, a 50 year old SF resident, was arrested for the theft of election ballots and the voting machine’s “memory box” from the polling station he was working at in Knott Court.

SF Elections Department Director John Arntz told the Bay Citizen that the missing ballots were placed in a sealable bag that’s provided to poll workers before being thrown into the pond near the PFA.

At the time, many wondered what the fate of the ballots would be, as the “chain of custody” of the ballots was broken, opening the door to allegations of vote tampering.

Well, today’s the deadline for all votes to be counted from this month’s election, and the day everyone can stop wondering as KCBS is reporting that the ballots just won’t get counted. This, even though, they note, the ballots are legible and the voters can be identified by the precinct roster.

However, since Nicholas allegedly “removed the memory pack from the tabulator,” Arntz said, “we really couldn’t count those cards for this election.”

Nicholas, KCBS says, remains in jail.

Want more news, sent to your inbox every day? Then how about subscribing to our email newsletter? Here’s why we think you should. Come on, give it a try.

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

Please make sure your comment adheres to our comment policy. If it doesn't, it may be deleted. Repeat violations may cause us to revoke your commenting privileges. No one wants that!