The recall election for San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin comes to an official close today.
Since taking office in January 2020, the former lawyer has been criticized for being too soft on crime, especially with the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes due to COVID-19.
An official campaign to oust him began on April 19 after several notable cases enraged the public, who called for Boudin’s resignation.
While Boudin has called the recall a Republican-led effort, this seems unlikely, as less than 7 percent of registered San Francisco voters identify as Republican.
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Furthermore, several notable Democrats have also publicly expressed their support for the DA’s recall.
California Democratic Party Executive Board member Nima Rahimi stated in an op-ed
for SFGate, “I’m sick of Boudin’s disingenuous campaign, and I believe recalling Boudin will save lives,” referring to Boudin’s strong stance on justice reform.
Rahimi also emphasized that the recall was not a Republican ploy, citing that the recall is supported by 64 percent of San Francisco Democrats.
A recent poll conducted by Telegraph/ TSG Research of 3,000 voters showed that the election was more evenly divided, with 47% in favor and 47% against the recall. In a previous poll done at the end of May, however, 56% of voters endorsed the recall, with Boudin having a 62% disapproval rate.
The result will heavily depend on voter turn-out and how successfully Boudin managed to garner support in the past few weeks.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed has also been known to clash with Boudin on police initiatives, telling The New York Times in an interview that she knew who she was voting for in the recall election but was “not ready to reveal” what she planned to do publicly.
If Boudin is successfully ousted, Breed would be the one to choose his replacement.
Boudin appears to be optimistic about the outcome, urging voters to “vote no on H” on his social media and rallying with community leaders for support.