After the Ex went looking for SF’s mayoral candidates’ voting records, what do we know? One candidate’s interest in the electoral process is a pretty new thing, others have been quite faithful voters, and still others are claiming that the SF Department of Elections’ records are screwed up.
First, the winners: Leland Yee was the most stellar, voting in all 39 elections he was eligible to vote in from 1992 on. Tony Hall and Dennis Herrera also presented almost-perfect voting records, though Herrera disputes data showing he didn’t vote in the 1992 presidential election, despite being personally involved in Bill Clinton’s campaign.
Herrera’s not the only one crying foul at the Department of Elections records: they also say that John Avalos missed five elections and David Chiu missed two elections. Both of them disagree with those findings. Here’s hoping they each have crusty old “I voted” stickers they’ll be ponying up as proof in the months to come.
One person who’s apparently accepting SF’s voting records at face value is venture capitalist Joanna Rees, who had a Meg Whitman-worthy voting performance, missing at least one election a year since 1992 and skipping a total 24 out of 37 elections.
As some consolation, Rees does own up to her electoral apathy in a blog post, saying “when I was younger and building my career I didn’t feel that voting was as important as I do now.”
Rees muses “perhaps if we told young people that they had a limited time to engage in the voting process, and if they didn’t vote they would lose the right going forward more people would take action.”
That’s one way to look at it, we guess.