SAN FRANCISCO, (KCBS) — Sixty-seven San Francisco ballots, stolen from a precinct on Cayuga Street on election night and later recovered, will not be counted.

The ballots were later found across town floating in a sealed bag in the pond at the Palace of Fine Arts. Elections Director John Arntz said because the chain of custody was broken they can’t be included in the election results, even though the ballots are legible and the voters can be identified by the precinct roster.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

“The inspector removed the memory pack from the tabulator,” Arntz said. “We really couldn’t count those cards for this election.”

Precinct inspector Karl Nicholas is in jail facing several charges in the case.

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Comments (2)
  1. Victor says:

    Karl Nicholas deserves life in prison because he ruined part of Election Day. I bet he is a Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina supporter… and I bet he only stole the ballots because he wants to rig the voting system so that the two former controversial Republican gubernatorial candidates and former Silicon Valley bosses would win the election for California governor and State Senate. That is arrogant and stupid. He should have known that we Americans cannot cheat on voting by rigging the voting system because many voters might become furious at other voters for picking the wrong person. Even worse, death threats and a riot to each other might occur and America’s freedom will really die! I am really serious!

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