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A petition to recall Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon has been found insufficient to qualify for a ballot.
Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorded/County Clerk Dean C. Logan said his office had completed the examination and verification of all 715,833 petition signatures submitted for the recall of Gascon.
The article goes on to state the following:
“Based on the examination and verification, which conducted in compliance with the statutory and regulatory requirements of the California Government Code, Elections Code, and Code of Regulations, 520,050 signatures were found to be valid and 195,783 were found to be invalid,” Logan’s office said in a press release.
RELEASE: Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Completes Petition Verification for District Attorney Recall Attempt; Petition found insufficient to qualify the recall for the ballot.
— Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (@LACountyRRCC) August 15, 2022
Of the invalid signatures, more than 88,000 were not registered, 43,593 were duplicates, 32,187 were a different address, 9,490 were mismatched signatures, 7,344 were canceled, 5,374 were out of county addresses, while more than 9,300 fell under the category of “other.”
“[T]herefore, the petition has failed to meet the sufficiency requirements and no further action shall be taken on the petition,” the release said.
The petition needed 566,857 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.
The Los Angeles Times reported:
In California, most recall drives see between 20% and 30% of collected signatures disqualified, according to Joshua Spivak, an expert on recall elections and senior research fellow at UC Berkeley Law School’s California Constitution Center.
The recall campaign also sought signatures through a mass-mailing blitz in recent months, which some observers expressed concern might lead to more disqualifications.
In early August, recall organizers began arguing that the review process was unfair. Former Deputy Dist. Atty. Marian Thompson, who has a background in election law, sent a letter to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors claiming the Registrar’s office was using out-of-date processes to verify signatures. She complained that they had been barred from sending observers to monitor the verification process.
Thompson also described the 22% rejection rate as “shockingly large,” even though San Francisco election officials rejected roughly 34% of all petitions submitted during the process that led to Boudin’s recall, according to [Joshua Spivak, an expert on recall elections and senior research fellow at UC Berkeley Law School’s California Constitution Center].
According to Fox News, the recall’s backers have a three-week window to review the submitted names in the Registrar.
Backer’s told the outlet that process help them “in gathering evidence for possible litigation.”
After the news was announced, Gascon tweeted, “Grateful to move forward from this attempted political power grab-rest assured LA County, the work hasn’t stopped. My primary focus has been & will always be keeping us safe & creating a more equitable justice system for all.
“I remain strongly committed to that work & to you.”
Grateful to move forward from this attempted political power grab-rest assured LA County, the work hasn’t stopped.
My primary focus has been & will always be keeping us safe & creating a more equitable justice system for all.
I remain strongly committed to that work & to you.
— George Gascón (@GeorgeGascon) August 15, 2022
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) August 15, 2022
LA County officials are rejecting more than 1 out of 5 signatures on a petition to recall radical prosecutor George Gascón.
The “shockingly large rejection rate” is more than 60x the rate for mail-in-ballots in the 2020 election.
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) August 10, 2022
Fix California will demand that @DCLogan conduct the same level of scrutiny on LA County’s voter rolls before mailing out unsolicited ballots.
The arbitrary enforcement of the law on mail in ballots is a violation of voters’ civil rights.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) August 15, 2022
Breaking: A second effort to force Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón into a recall election fizzled out Monday after officials determined the campaign to boot him from office failed to gain enough valid signatures.https://t.co/4n9a9zGgif
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) August 15, 2022
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