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Recall Gascón Committee Taking L.A. County Registrar to Court, Claiming Petition Signatures Improperly Invalidated

Recall Gascón Committee Taking L.A. County Registrar to Court, Claiming Petition Signatures Improperly Invalidated

The committee’s assertions were damning of the registrar’s validation process, and it indicated it would “for injunctive relief imminently.​”

In August, I reported the second effort to force the highly progressive Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón into a recall election fizzled out after officials determined that the petition failed to gain enough valid signatures.

Now, the Recall Gascon Committee is taking the county registrar to court, claiming the signatures were improperly invalidated.

As early as this week, lawyers for Recall George Gascón will take the Registrar’s office to court, hoping a judge will reopen a path for the lighting-rod district attorney’s removal from office.

Recall DA Gascon Committee members say the Registrar’s office has created roadblocks to a timely inspection of all 195,783 invalidated recall signatures. From a partial review of thousands of the signatures tossed by the Registrar, they say 39% showed cause for “clear, obvious, and legitimate” signs of improper invalidation. If true, this would mean the threshold to overturn the outcome of the recall has been surpassed.

Committee members will argue that the Registrar’s office threw out thousands of signatures for reasons ranging from specious claims they were “non-matching,” despite showing “substantial similarities to the signatures on file” to incorrectly invalidating them as “‘not registered’ when, in fact, the person was a registered voter who could easily be identified in the voter database,” according to a preview of the lawsuit obtained exclusively by LAMag.

The committee’s assertions were damning of the registrar’s validation process, indicating it would “for injunctive relief imminently.”

Recall campaign officials said the registrar’s counting process was “seriously flawed, ​​resulting in substantial errors, the wrongful invalidation of many valid signatures​” and the disqualification of thousands of voters.

”​These extremely disturbing findings necessitate a complete and timely review of all invalidated signatures. This review is currently being obstructed by the Registrar’s office​,” it said in a statement on Monday.

They said they would file “for injunctive relief imminently​” and are looking into whether the “inflated number” of required signatures on the recall petition was due to “bloated” voter rolls.

The recall group said volunteer attorneys have been reviewing the invalidated signatures since Sept. 6 and “legitimate challenges” have been identified for 39% of those tossed.

Hopefully, the committee will be able to prove its case in court, and Los Angeles Country residents will get the recall election they deserve.

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Once a communist gains power it is hard to get rid of it.

One of the first claims by the recall committee was that the voter registrations were corrupted by a very large amount of names who were either dead or had moved. They had earlier suggested that they might sue LA County for that. I wonder how many of the “non-matching” signatures were actually tossed for that reason instead.

Recall Gascon Committee did not do a very good job of verifying the signatures they had before turning them in so I doubt this will go anywhere.

“They said they would file “for injunctive relief imminently​” and are looking into whether the “inflated number” of required signatures on the recall petition was due to “bloated” voter rolls.”

Wow. True or not, that’s a great claim to throw out there. Discovery on this point would be amazing.

    randian in reply to clintack. | October 12, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    Discovery won’t happen. Courts are all-in on the “let’s pretend there are no issues with voter rolls”. That’s why, before they grant discovery for catching vote fraud, they demand proof of vote fraud. Bloated voter rolls are strongly suggestive of fraud, but not beyond a reasonable doubt proof of fraud, not without the discovery they refused to grant you that would get you to “beyond a reasonable doubt”.

    That’s also why courts and district attorneys pretend that when vote fraud is shown, and prosecutions have to be done to further the pretense, that the offenders are lone wolves and never part of a larger scheme.

Even if this attempt fails, it shows people are now willing to shine a light on the underhanded games our elected officials play for power.

How can you invalidate anyone’s signature when everyone counts?

    Ann in L.A. in reply to 2smartforlibs. | October 11, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    This was actually an early complaint against the counting. The recall group got a hold of the instructions given to the validators, and the materials basically said when in doubt, throw it out.

    But, California just instituted new rules, which flipped that: when in doubt, count it.

    Then, they said this wasn’t an actual “electoral process” and kicked observers out of the room. People have a right to observe electoral processes, you see, but not some little technical work like validating signatures on a petition.

indicating it would “for injunctive relief imminently.”
Did a word get forgotten in there? (Like “file”?)

Los Angeles Country residents will get the recall election they deserve.
I’m not so sure they deserve it. They voted to put this guy in office because he aligns with their religion (Progressivism). He’s exactly what they asked for, and they deserve it gooder and harderer until they abandon said religion.

Bucky Barkingham | October 11, 2022 at 11:14 am

Even if the recall makes it to the ballot what chance is there that the kooks who elected Gascon will now decide to remove him?

Count! Every! Vote!
*snicker*

BierceAmbrose | October 11, 2022 at 5:54 pm

And the lesson here is layers, and layers of arbitrary convenience. These processes all live in The Weasel Zone. People take the easy route, shade things to their preference, elevate who they like and marginalize who they don’t.

So, DA is a jackhole: recall. Recall got bounced: what about the admin? Behind the registrar are the voting records and voting policy: go after those next.

The authoritarian wad never take an L: they just go looking for their W another way. Never take the L. They’ll make some next layer of their malfeasance the issue, in fighting about this one.

“…recall they deserve”.
They deserve the results of what they voted for. Elections have consequences

“I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how.“
Uncle Joe