Stolen San Francisco Ballots Won’t Be Counted

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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