SF pro-development activist arrested on suspicion of voter fraud
By Jonah Owen Lamb : sfexaminer – excerpt
A pro-development activist who took part in a failed attempt last year to stack the local chapter of the Sierra Club with similarly minded people has been charged for allegedly falsifying his voter registration.
Donald Dewsnup, a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation (SFBARF), was booked into County Jail Tuesday on two felony counts of attempting to file a false or forged instrument and perjury by declaration.
The charges stem from Dewsnup allegedly putting a false address on his voter registration, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.
“San Francisco’s supervisorial races can be decided by a small number of voters,” said District Attorney George Gascon. “A healthy democracy benefits from zealous debate, but can be undermined by fraud and deceit.”
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Dewsnup is a licensed realtor who also allegedly gave a false address to the California Bureau of Real Estate.
A statement by the District Attorney’s Office noted that Dewsnup used “false addresses in order to infiltrate a neighborhood association on Telegraph Hill, where he did not reside, with the purpose of advancing his personal political agenda.”
In all he was charged with seven felony counts: three counts of filing a false document with a government agency, two counts of perjury, and two counts of false voter registration.
But SFBARF founder Sonja Trauss said Dewsnup’s arrest smells like a witch hunt, since as far as she knows Dewsnup is homeless… (more)
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…However, Dewsnup, known for getting abusive and mad, online, did not live in District 3 — he lived in the Castro, he admitted to Vice, and while he did “provide a false address,” he insisted that he had “not broken any laws.”…