Elections director John Arntz’s contract not renewed by Elections Commission

Elections director John Arntz, who oversees one of the few San Francisco departments that unambiguously accomplishes its core mission, has not been


79 · 16 days ago · Reddit

Elections Commissioner Cynthia Dai, who voted to not renew Arntz’s contract, said there was no performance-based reason for the commission’s decision. She did not dispute that San Francisco has run free, fair and functional elections for 20 years. Rather, she says, it was time to open up this position to a more diverse field; the city, she said, could not make progress on its racial equity goals without opening up its top positions. 

Yikes. This reads to me like they did not renew the contract for race-based reasons--which seems pretty unethical.

45 · 16 days ago · Reddit

Total lunacy. I swear I thought we were done with this shit as a city.

If only the elections commission was elected so we could subject them to a recall election.

23 · 16 days ago · Reddit

As far as I understand it, SF's election system is a model for the nation.

  • Hand marked paper ballots, with in-person e-voting machines for those with physical handicaps.

  • Few lines at usually ample polling places

  • Friendly and helpful polling place workers

  • Multiple mailed notices about upcoming elections and polling addresses

  • Ranked choice voting

This is discouraging to read.

18 · 16 days ago · Reddit

All 12 of the managers in Arntz’s department, without his knowledge, wrote a letter to the commission ahead of time pleading with them to re-appoint him. Their input was disregarded and, during Wednesday’s meeting, their letter does not appear to have been acknowledged. 

This is approaching the absurdity of the movie Office Space. In what world do you see every single direct report of the leader of a government agency come together to write a 6 page letter in support of their boss, extolling the work he has lead and what the department has achieved? The letter is the kind of thing people pull together when someone is retiring after a long illustrious career and they're having a going away party.

Totally nuts.

Our Elections Commission in action

12 · 16 days ago · Reddit

I will reiterate my comment from the other thread. Cynthia Dai is a piece of shit.