A San Francisco deputy police chief in San Francisco who might be a replacement for Chief Alex Fagan has cast ballots in city elections for three years even though he lived in another city, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Deputy Chief Rick Bruce told Fagan about his conduct last month after learning that the votes were illegal. Bruce said he had not intended to commit fraud, but was following a order by Mayor Willie Brown that members of the police command live in the city. “I thought I was being consistent,” Bruce said. “If I had to do it all over again, I’d be inconsistent.”
The Chronicle says other police command staff have claimed to live in the city when records suggest otherwise. Some have dual residences, living sometimes in the city and sometimes outside. Bruce is the only one who registered to vote and cast ballots in San Francisco while claiming in tax documents to live elsewhere.
Voting in one jurisdiction and living in another can be prosecuted as a felony or a misdemeanor. The practice triggered a scandal in San Francisco in the mid-1970s, when 40 people, including firefighters and a former city registrar of voters, were charged with fraud.