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California Senate Committee Clears Bill Allowing Recall Targets to See Names of Petition Signers

California Senate Committee Clears Bill Allowing Recall Targets to See Names of Petition Signers

“This is a dangerous and reckless bill. It would stifle the process.”

California politicians facing recalls would be permitted to see the names of people who sign the petitions under proposed legislation that just passed the state senate committee this week.

California politicians facing recalls would be allowed to see the names of people who sign the petitions to oust them under legislation that cleared its first committee Thursday.

If passed, it would take effect next year, meaning it would not apply to the expected recall election against Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. But leaders of that effort showed up at the Capitol in opposition to the proposal, saying it would discourage people from signing future petitions for fear of retaliation.

“This is a dangerous and reckless bill,” said Orrin Heatlie, the lead proponent of the Newsom recall. “It would stifle the process.”

…Petition signers would then have 45 days to remove their names. Currently, people have 30 days but finding and convincing people to walk back their signature is a difficult task.

Newman says that the rules would not lead to voter intimidation. However, actual voters are doubtful that it is true.

Newman’s bill would let the target of the recall access the names of people who signed for certain purposes. The individual signatures would be redacted. Politicians or their representatives would have to sign under penalty of perjury that they won’t share the names publicly and will only use them to determine whether signers understood the petition and want to remove their signatures. It prohibits officials from discriminating against people who sign the petition.

But opponents say it would still intimidate people out of participating.

“People were terrified — terrified — to sign this because they didn’t want Newsom to know,” said Shannon Hile, who collected signatures for the Newsom recall effort.

The Senate elections committee passed the bill, sending it next to the Senate judiciary committee. It still needs to win approval in both houses. It would only apply to elections with more than 50,000 registered voters.

It turns out that Newman has a personal interest in amending the recall process. He was recalled in 2018.

In June 2018, Newman was recalled from office, ostensibly for his affirmative vote on Senate Bill 1, which increased gas and diesel taxes and raised DMV registration fees in California. The recall effort was heavily pushed by influential radio personalities John and Ken. He was replaced by Republican Ling Ling Chang, whom he had defeated in the 2016 election.

There is already much pushback on the proposal. Republican gubernatorial hopefuls preparing to challenge Newsom (and potentially hundreds of other potential candidates) in the upcoming recall election slammed the move.

“This is more legislation written by the insiders to protect the insiders,” Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox said in a Wednesday statement. “California politicians play by their own set of rules and then, when they don’t like the rules, change them.”

He added that political “insiders must not be allowed to intimidate regular Californians who are holding them accountable.”

Kevin Faulconer, another Republican gubernatorial candidate and former San Diego mayor, took issue with the bill’s threat to privacy among recall voters.

“Every Californian has a right to privacy,” he said. “Gavin Newsom’s allies sponsored this bill, which would give future recall signers’ names and contact information to political operatives – enabling intimidation and harassment.”

California voters expressed concern about potential doxxing.

No word on what porn star and now gubernatorial candidate Mary Carey thinks about the proposal.


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This is not good.

smalltownoklahoman | April 15, 2021 at 1:49 pm

Damn right it’s an attempt to intimidate people away from recall efforts in the future, especially considering how quickly violent mobs have been forming in major democrat run cities these past few years! Penalty of perjury for releasing names, what exactly does that entail in California? If it’s nothing more than some slap on the wrist fine don’t expect that to stop many, if not most of those who don’t want to be removed from office!

Oh, this is nothing. Big Brother just wants to make sure that he can contact you and re-educate you properly, since you were clearly confused about Big Brother when you signed that petition. All will be forgiven after you retract your signature and acknowledge your love for Big Brother.

    cazinger in reply to cazinger. | April 15, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Orwell meant “1984” as a warning against totalitarianism. Democrats are using it as a guidebook/instruction manual.

They have already doxxed people who donated to causes they didn’t like. Why would this be any different?

    Close The Fed in reply to Voyager. | April 15, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    Brendan Eich of Mozilla. So he started Brave Browser. He gave to the Keep Marriage Between Men and Women effort.

But no positive identification right? Leftists want to abort the baby, cannibalize her profitable parts, sequester her carbon pollutants, and have her, too.

Why don’t they just tell the TRUTH ? Pass a law that allows Democrats to see names of those who petition to recall Democrats – but make petitions to recall candidates of other parties anonymous. I mean, that what they really want.

If they didn’t have double standards, they’d have no standards at all.

The only possible reason for this bill is to enable retaliation and intimidation of voters. PERIOD. I don’t see how it stands up in an honest court. Oh… wait……..

    alaskabob in reply to GWB. | April 16, 2021 at 1:48 am

    Fine….The list is only given to the recalled and if leaked the person forfeits his or her position and liable for what happens if doxxed person injuried in any way.

      redc1c4 in reply to alaskabob. | April 17, 2021 at 3:16 am

      that would be great, if we lived in a nation of laws…

      we don’t.

      they get the list, unidentifiable strangers attack you at home, in public, or your family, & the cops, who are corrupt do nothing, plus they get you fired from your j*b and blackballed from future hires, plus they deny your unemployment, seize your savings, etc…

      it’s a reign of terror, pure and simple.

How long before we see legislation that creates “transparency” in voting?

    redc1c4 in reply to DaveGinOly. | April 17, 2021 at 3:18 am

    that’s not needed, since how you vote doesn’t really matter any more when the elections are rigged.

    Stalin was quoted on this subject, back in the day.

“Newman says that the rules would not lead to voter intimidation. However, actual voters are doubtful that it is true.”

“We can’t let the question of whether voters are intimidated be decided by actual voters! Why, that’s anarchy, man!”

But seriously, I don’t understand the mechanics of this.

Whenever there is a petition drive, the party or campaign organization of the target has always had the right of verifying that the signatures are valid and getting the invalid ones thrown out. You can’t do that without seeing actual names and signatures. These organizations represent the targeted politician, so there’s no legal difference between them reviewing the signatures and the pol himself reviewing them. So I don’t understand how this new law is significantly different from what already exists.

i signed, you sniveling little bitch: come at me, Gruesome!

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