The count is continuing in the verification of signatures for this campaign: Recall George Gascon; things between Recall coordinators as well as the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's Office are becoming more strenuous.
As our deputy managing editor Kira Davis reported, the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder is refusing to permit outside observers to supervise the counting of signatures, saying that this isn't an ordinary election and therefore the same rules are not applicable. With the ongoing mess and corruption that is disguised as elections in L.A. County, can anyone really say that all of their elections are normal?
from Just The News:
Monitors are not permitted to monitor the count of votes in the recall balloting for Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon because the county does not view the process in the sense of an election as officials claim.
The people who are organizing the recall campaign have stated that they would like to ensure the petitions for voter registration are properly taken into account to put the measure on the ballot in the beginning of November.
The supporters claim that the law clearly states that the recall will be an election, and the process must be made public.
“We are concerned about it, and we have attorneys looking at it,” retired LAPD Sgt. Dennis Zine, one of the campaign's organizers, talked about the petition count.
According to Kira, and verified, L.A. R-R is lying to its teeth.
The law does declare recalls to be elections, and the language used to support them is found in the Recall Procedures for State and Local Officials Handbook which is issued to the State. The 13th page states:
A vote to decide whether an officer is recallable and, if it is appropriate to select an appropriate successor, is held by the Governor. The election must be scheduled not less than 60 nor more than 80 calendar days from the date of the certification of sufficient signatures. (Cal. Const., Art. II, Sec. 15(a))
The recall election could be held within 180 days after the date of certification of the sufficient signatures to ensure that the election could be condensed with the following regularly scheduled election that is held wholly or in part within the region where the recall election occurs, if the number of people eligible to vote in that regularly scheduled election is at 50 percent (of the people eligible to vote in recall elections. (Cal. Const., Art. II, Sec. 15(a)).
The officers entrusted by law with responsibilities related to elections must arrange for the elections. The election must be held with the returns canvassed and the results declared in all respects, just as other elections in the state. (Elections Code SS 11110)
It sounds like Registrar-Recorder Dean C. Logan got the bat signal on high alert. Full court interference has been ongoing from the time that the Recall Gascon effort turned in 717,700 signatures to be verified by the office of the Registrar-Recorder. The Registrar-Recorder's office is authorized to check the signatures quickly to be able to meet the deadline of August 17 to complete verification and certification. If 566,857 signatures are verified as authentic by the Registrar Recorder, then he must confirm that number, paving the way for a determination of which of George Gascon should be recalled to be included on the ballot in November 2022.
The people in charge are not interested in seeing what transpired with San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin happening to Gascon, so they are taking their time in confirming signatures to try and find an avenue to stop the petition.
On August 2nd, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors was scheduled to consider the Gascon Recall and potentially order the recall to be placed on the ballot.
In the Santa Clarita Valley Signal, the agenda item was “postponed.”
A scheduled item to be discussed by the Board of Supervisors to possibly consider and/or call for an election to recall L.A. County District George Gascon was delayed on Tuesday because the process of counting of signatures is still ongoing.
According to county officials, despite the petition's presence on the agenda for Tuesday's regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors, the motion was “referred back,” meaning that the Office of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk pulled back the motion.
The vote was not taken nor discussed as the RRCC is, as per officials, still trying to confirm the thousands of signatures filed to remove the county's highest prosecutor.
Yes, they're worried and Recall organizers suspect that they are playing the game, which is Registrar Recorder Dean. Logan's method. In 2004 Logan was the King County, Washington Registrar-Recorder who was instrumental in manipulating the governor's race in favor of Democrat Christine Gregoire. The Republican campaign of Dino Rossi was first declared as the winner with 261 votes. This led to one-time recounts. The recount that followed resulted in lower votes (42)! However, Rossi was nonetheless named the victor. That's the time that Logan actually took the fight. In the lawsuits filed on Seattle's KIRO Radio:
The information revealed in the lawsuits that followed was amazing. After the third recount they discovered hundreds of votes cast for Gregoire to take over from the race for governor. There were, according to reports, 300 votes that were illegal and 400 votes where the voter's identity was not verified as well as 240 felons that cast votes illegally as well as 44 votes from deceased persons, and 10 who had voted twice. When all the votes were counted, for the third time, it was revealed that Christine Gregoire was the governor.
The article explains that after, Logan quit in shame and was subsequently appointed as a Registrar-Recorder in Los Angeles.
We are, therefore, where we are.
A former L.A. District Attorney Steve Cooley along with the other principal organizers aren't backing down in their efforts. They have decided to report Logan's present shady practices to The Washington Examiner. The newspaper reported that the organizers have filed an appeal to Public Record to find out what standards Logan actually uses to confirm signatures:
The campaign urged the county to disclose its guidelines for confirming signatures. It was also provided with an instruction manual prepared by a forensic analyst in 2015.
The law was changed at the end of 2020 in order to make it simpler for officials in county offices to state that an official signed signature has validity. The new standard is to take the signature as a sign that it is authentic unless it is significantly different. In that case the two officials involved must be able to agree in unison that the signature is in error.
As the law was amended for the 2020 elections, the number of rescinded ballots dropped to 83% according to ex-District Attorney Steve Cooley, who is one of the primary campaign organizers.
“Something isn't quite right. It seems like everything isn't adding together,” Cooley told the Washington Examiner.
It's an understatement.
“The county's failure to follow current law and uniform guidelines in the examination of the random sampling … is a violation of the rights of every Los Angeles County voter who signed their name to the recall petition to a fair, lawful and appropriate signature verification,” the letter stated.
Fox News Correspondent Bill Melugin quoted a reply from Dean Logan. The tweet from Logan didn't identify names; however, the animus and allusion to the recall campaign is evident.
#selectiveoutrage -when faced with the uncertainty of an outcome, create a fictional story to deceive and create doubt.
Fictitious narrative, eh? It's in line with the fictitious dead, deceased, and departed voters who Logan lets remain within the Los Angeles County rolls, even though they are legally required to remove them. Let's hope that the Recall Gascon legal team can get this done. There are just 10 days left before the official date on August 17. We await with anticipation to see if the pressure imposed upon Dean Logan by the Gascon Recall organizers will lead to the process to be more transparent and an accurate and fair count.