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SF supervisor candidate removed from ballot after providing ‘insufficient’ proof of residency

  • The Department of Elections will not include Leanna Louie’s name on the ballot for the upcoming U.S. elections on Nov. 8 after an investigation found that she is not eligible to run for a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in District 4.
  • Investigators found that Louie signed a lease to rent a room at 35th Avenue on March 1. She used her family home's District 10 address to cast a ballot on April 3.
  • Louie used her District 4 address to re-register to vote on May 7. She declared her candidacy on June 3.
  • To be eligible to run for a Board of Supervisors seat, candidates must “reside and be registered to vote in their district for at least 30 days immediately preceding the date he or she files the Declaration of Candidacy,” according to the Department of Elections’ Candidate Guide.
  • “After reviewing the information gathered from the City Attorney’s investigation, the Department of Elections considers Leanna Louie’s nomination petition to be insufficient,” Elections Director John Arntz said in a news release. “The Department will not place her name on the ballot for the upcoming November 8 election.”

Leanna Louie, a candidate running for a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, will no longer be included on the ballot for the upcoming elections after failing to provide sufficient proof of residency.

The City Attorney’s Office launched an investigation into Louie’s “legal domicile” after a Mission Local report pointed out that she registered her District 4 residence on May 7 to vote. Twenty-seven days later, she declared her candidacy on June 3.

Year in review: Historic wins for AAPI in local elections, redistricting plans loom over future candidates

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  • Many Asian Americans have made history in 2021 by gaining seats in local government elections.
  • Redistricting plans in many parts of the U.S., however, threaten Asian candidates running in upcoming elections by dividing Asian community voting blocs.

Over the last few months, an unprecedented number of Asian Americans have won positions in local government across the country. At the same time, statewide draft maps have proposed the division of Asian-majority communities, threatening Asians running for elected positions in future elections.

Historic wins

Three Asian Americans were elected the first mayor of Asian descent in their cities in November. Bruce Harrell, a 63-year-old former attorney, became the second Black and first Asian mayor in Seattle’s history. Aftab Pureval, a 39-year-old Indian Tibetan lawyer, became the first Asian American mayor of Cincinnati. In Boston, City Councilor Michelle Wu, 36, became the first woman and first person of color to be elected mayor.

Indian Candidate Sobs on TV Because He Only Got 5 Votes, But 9 Family Members Voted

An independent candidate for the Indian general election broke down in tears on live television after learning that he, at the time, believed he only received five votes at the booth where his family of nine cast their ballots.

Neetu Shutteran Wala, who contended for his civic seat in Jalandhar, Punjab, alleged that the voting machines had been manipulated against his favor.