LOS ANGELES, CA – The petition to recall Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon has fallen flat after the county asserted that nearly 200K of the over 700K signatures obtained in the effort were “invalid.”
A report from Breitbart News found the claimed rejection rate of roughly 27% of signatures astounding, considering the same county reported a less than a 1% rejection rate of signatures for the 2020 election on mail-in ballots.
Despite the heavy presence of progressives in California, there was a growing ire among voters within the state due to progressivism getting a bit out of hand with respect to district attorneys. For example, San Francisco D.A. Chesa Boudin landed himself the recall treatment earlier in 2022 and got ousted after his soft-no-crime approach left even the most liberal of constituents seething.
And those frustrations that manifested in San Francisco were also growing in Los Angeles, where D.A. Gascon was also viewed largely as being another soft-on-crime persona whose antics were allowing crime to expand and emboldened wrongdoers simultaneously.
In fact, when Boudin was recalled back in June, a representative from the Recall Gascon Campaign stated, “Tonight showed that voters from every community and every walk of life, regardless of political ideology, are rejecting pro-criminal policies that are masked as criminal justice reform. George Gascon and Chesa Boudin’s failed social experiments have destroyed communities while doing nothing to meaningfully reform the system. If LA County voters sign and return their recall petitions, Gascon will be walking the same plank in the near future.”
The effort had been underway to gather signatures to get Gascon ousted via a ballot initiative, with 715,833 petition signatures being submitted.
However, according to Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorded/County Clerk Dean C. Logan, a completed review of the signatures submitted determined that 195,783 of the signatures were “invalid.”
“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.”
The petition, in order to move forward, would’ve required 566,857 valid signatures.
Fox News reported that the breakdown of these allegedly invalid signature consisted of “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.'”
Funnily enough, this very same county that bore a rejection rate of over 23% of the signatures gathered in this recall petition of a far-left district attorney only saw a rejection rate of mail-in ballots in the 2020 election of 0.62% – while also having roughly five times the amount of mail-in ballots coming in for the 2020 election.
As noted in the report from Breitbart News, there were 3,422,585 vote-by-mail ballots cast in Los Angeles County during the 2020 election, with mismatching signatures being cited on 12,135 mail-in ballots cast (a figure not far from the 9,490 allegedly mismatching signatures from the Gascon recall effort that, again, represented about a fifth of the county’s mail-in ballots from 2020).
Gascon is, of course, lavishing on his ability to keep releasing violent offenders not yet rehabilitated, taking to Twitter on August 15th with, “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.”