Former Alameda County candidate for auditor pleads guilty to election fraud

Kati Knox plead to three misdemeanors.

ALAMEDA COUNTY | Kati Knox pulled out of her race for Alameda County auditor-controller last May just weeks before the June primary after she was accused of falsifying her address on campaign paperwork. Last Friday, Knox plead guilty to three misdemeanors for violating the state’s election laws. Knox will serve three years probation, according to the San Francisco Chronicle and pay a $2,281 fine.

Upon filing paperwork for campaign, Knox listed her home address as 1345 Clarke Street in San Leandro. In fact, she lived outside of Alameda County. Investigators found Knox actually lived in Danville, not San Leandro. The address provided, though, was an assisted-living home Knox owned, but did not live. In May, she was charged with six felony counts of voter fraud.

Although Knox, who is the daughter of former Alameda County Supervisor Robert Knox, ended her campaign before the election, her name was already printed on ballots. Nevertheless, she won nearly a quarter of the vote in the race won by then-deputy auditor Steve Manning.

It remains unclear how or why Knox committed such an egregious violation such as being unaware a candidate had to live in the district in which they wished to serve. In addition, she was also a prohibitive underdog to replace retiring auditor-controller Patrick O’Connell.

However, there was more political intrigue involved than just Knox’s violations. Long-running acrimony between Knox and some family members have been rumored to be the impetus for the tip to investigators over her residency issue. But, Knox’s candidacy also posed a small threat to Manning’s election last June.

More than a few East Bay insiders, at the time, noted the political gamesmanship that occurred following the short time frame between O’Connell’s announcement to step down after three decades as auditor-controller and the filing window for the June election. To observers, it appeared O’Connell was seeking to sneak his deputy into the seat without a contested race. Knox, though, prevented this when she filed for the seat on the final day.

2 thoughts on “Former Alameda County candidate for auditor pleads guilty to election fraud

  1. By MW:

    Whether or not Knox lived in Alameda County was totally irrelevant to the big boys in AC. In other words once they decided they wanted Manning, and who was an insider and a member of THE CLUB, to be the new Auditor it was already predetermined that they were going to declare war on anyone they considered to be an outsider and/or a trespasser.

    So if they had not found the residency issue to use, then they would have kept on looking and searching until they had found an issue they could have used, since the big boys had already decided, and before the election ever took place, and in fact even before Knox declared she was running for Auditor, that Manning would be the new Auditor.

    And in fact speaking very in general, let's have the lawyers in Alameda County's DA's office and County Counsel's office give us a big laugh by their insisting that they legitimately research and investigate issues, AND INCLUDING BY SUPPOSEDLY LOOKING AT ALL OF THE FACTS AND EVIDENCE, AND FROM ALL SIDES AND PERSPECTIVES, and that they are not just a bunch of stooges, zombies, and puppets on a string who first reach their “conclusions” in advance, and then afterwards create and manufacture any necessary lies, frauds, and stories to “prove” their “conclusions.”

    More specifically, the big boys in AC, and such as for example the Board of Supervisors and the higher ranking managers in such departments as Public Works, first decide what they want, and then to “prove” that what they want is “legal” and “proper,” then they have lawyers from the DA's office and/or County Counsel's office do the prearranged, scripted, and choreographed “research” and “investigation,” in other words create and manufacture any necessary lies and frauds, to “prove” that it is all “legal” and “proper.”

    In fact most lawyers, and especially the lawyers in AC's District Attorney's office and County Counsel's office, should not even be referred to as practitioners of law but instead as parasites and practitioners of manufacturing lies, fraud, and garbage.


  2. Did Knox really think she could get away with this big a lie? She should of and could of got much more of a punishment.


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