Letters to the Chronicle: How the Boudin recall is a failure of democracy

June 20, 2022 (SFChronicle.com)

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin prepares to give a concession speech at his election night party at the Ramp June 7 in San Francisco. He was recalled by city voters.
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin prepares to give a concession speech at his election night party at the Ramp June 7 in San Francisco. He was recalled by city voters.Gabrielle Lurie/The Chronicle

The Chesa Boudin recall was legitimate but a failure of democracy.

Boudin was elected with a promise to reform the San Franicisco District Attorney Office’s policies to divert more low-level offenders into treatment instead of jail. And that’s just what he’s done. But he was elected by the narrowest of margins, 50.8% to the runner-up Suzy Loftus’ 49.2%. Including exhausted ballots, Boudin garnered only 44.9% of those who voted. Nevertheless, he did win.

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