SF candidates want federal oversight over voting

San Francisco interim mayor Ed Lee speaks at a news conference after filing papers to run for a four-year term as mayor at City Hall in San Francisco, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

October 24, 2011 5:51:27 AM PDT
Seven candidates running for mayor in San Francisco want the federal government to send election monitors and observers to oversee voting in next month's election.

The candidates believe Mayor Ed lee's campaign has engaged in improper activities targeting Cantonese-speaking voters.

One complaint specifically mentions special plastic stencils being handed out that prevent voters from selecting a candidate other than lee.

Lee's campaign denies any involvement.

The seven candidates behind the letter include public defender Jeff Adachi, city attorney Dennis Herrera, former supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, businesswoman Joanna Rees, state senator Leland Yee and current supervisors David Chiu and John Avalos.