San Francisco ousts DA Chesa Boudin with 25.8% voter turnout
On this edition of Your Call, we'll discuss San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin who was recalled by 60 percent of (74,335) voters. Only 25.8 percent of registered voters returned their ballots (127,926 out of 495,498 registered voters). Mayor London Breed will choose Boudin's replacement.
Recall supporters, backed by $7.2 million in contributions, said, "Chesa Boudin is failing us. We need real public safety and accountability." After the results came in last night, Boudin said, "People are angry, they’re frustrated, and I want to be very clear about what happened tonight. The right-wing billionaires outspent us three to one. They exploited an environment in which people are appropriately upset and they created an electoral environment in which we were literally shadow boxing."
What does this outcome mean for the future of criminal justice reform?
The San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco voters got rid of Chesa Boudin — and may soon face a recall hangover
The San Francisco Chronicle: Chesa Boudin recall supporters raised $7.2 million to oust the San Francisco D.A. These are the biggest donors
The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice: San Franciscans Spend More And Get Less From Their Police Department Than Most Major Cities
Intelligencer: The Limits of San Francisco Liberalism