Los Angeles County has banned any potential election monitors from watching the counting of the votes in the upcoming race to recall corrupt District Attorney George Gascon, increasing the risk of voter fraud in an already contentious election.
According to the Washington Examiner, the county made its decision by declaring that the recall election is technically not considered an “election” by county standards.
“A reference to monitors/observers in the presidential election is not an accurate comparison as an election does allow for public observation, and Los Angeles County does have an Election Observer Program where members of the public get to watch election-related activities,” said Michael Sanchez, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters. “However, a recall attempt and its verification/certification activities are not the same.”
Sanchez referred to Government Code 6253.5, which says that petitions for ballot measures are not considered to be public records, and thus are not open to inspection the same way ballots in a more traditional election would be.
In response, Tim Lineberger, a spokesman for the Recall campaign, cited State Election Code 2300, which says that voters have the right to ask questions about election procedures and observe the process.
“The counting and verification of the recall petitions is part of the election process,” said Lineberger. “It would be a very narrow interpretation to suggest otherwise.”
Mark Meuser, an attorney and the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in California this year, agreed with Lineberger’s criticisms, declaring that “the Registrar of Voters is violating the spirit of the law by restricting access to the signature verification process of a recall election.”
“Nothing in the law prohibits the ROV from allowing proponents to watch the signature verification process just like they do for mail-in ballots and provisional ballots,” Meuser added, while also warning that the county “will not back down absent a judge telling them they are wrong in their interpretation.”
Gascon, a progressive Democrat who has been funded by the likes of George Soros, is one of many far-left district attorneys around the country who has become notorious for his soft-on-crime policies, reducing punishments for criminals and refusing to enforce certain laws, at great risk to the safety of law-abiding citizens. A wide coalition of Los Angeles voters, including law enforcement officials and former prosecutors, have come together to put a recall of Gascon on the November ballot.
The bipartisan group has submitted over 717,000 signatures in support of recalling Gascon, which is over 150,000 above the minimum required amount of names for the measure to be placed on the ballot. The county is currently conducting a full count of every name in the petition to confirm that enough of the signatures are valid.