SF Appoints Hong Kong Citizen To Election Commission

Kelly Wong can’t vote in a U.S. election. That’s because the immigrant from Hong Kong is not an American citizen. But this has not prevented her from serving on the San Francisco Election Commission, as she was unanimously appointed there by the city Board of Supervisors.

In 2020, San Francisco removed the citizenship requirement for serving on boards and commissions.

Wong gave her victory speech in Chinese.

She came to the United States in 2019 to pursue graduate studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Her LinkedIn profile states: “I have devoted my career to championing immigrant rights and equity and inclusion.”

In an interview with KQED she gave an example of a pressing problem she’d like to address as commissioner: there is no word for “reparations” in Mandarin or Cantonese.

The question arises of why Wong cannot simply make her way through the proper citizenship process, and then serve. If the aim was to make a “woke” selection for the election commission, are there no qualified immigrants who have completed the process of citizenship? Does Wong even intend to ever become a citizen?

The appointment of someone who is not a citizen to an election commission seems to be a deliberate one, making a militant and defiant statement about America’s identity and culture. The optics of choosing a foreign national of all possible candidates are very suspect.

She stated in her speech that she hopes to inspire other foreign nationals to influence public policy.

That seems to be the definition of illegal per Federal Election Commission (FEC) guidance which states: “Commission regulations prohibit foreign nationals from directing, dictating, controlling, or directly or indirectly participating in the decision-making process of any person (such as a corporation, labor organization, political committee, or political organization) with regard to any election-related activities …”

If the strategy is to gradually gain influence, economic and political power from within, what better place to start than the election commissions of large cities?