715,833 signatures turned in to recall Gascón, officials say

A preliminary count of signatures appearing on a recall petition from Los Angeles County Dist. were submitted. atty George Gascón totaled 715,833, LA County election officials reported Saturday.

LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan said his office completed the first step in reviewing the petitions filed Wednesday and is now working on verifying the signatures. The process must be completed by August 17 at the latest.

At least 566,857 valid signatures are required before voters can decide whether to impeach Gascón. Gascón and his progressive policies, fueled in part by rising crime and homelessness, have been the subject of heavy criticism since his 2020 election.

Although more than 715,000 signatures were received according to the recall, some of them are disqualified during the verification process conducted by the county registrar.

Election officials plan to use the random sampling technique to verify petition signatures permitted under California election law. The sample is 5% of the total number of signatures submitted.

If the petition meets the sufficiency requirement, it must be endorsed by the LA County Board of Supervisors at its next regular meeting.

The earliest recall election could be Nov. 8 in a general election that includes runoff races for the city of Los Angeles and county sheriff, and midterm congressional elections. If put to the vote, more than 50% of voters would have to vote to oust Gascón.

An attempt to recall Gascon failed last year when the recall campaign failed to collect enough signatures on a petition to put the issue before voters.

Growing frustration with Gascón centers on his all-or-nothing policies. On his first day in office, Gascón banned prosecutors from seeking the death penalty, trying juveniles as adults, or seeking surcharges that increase the prison sentence an accused faces in certain situations, including using a weapon in the commission a crime.

Gascón said he believes trying juveniles as adults or handing them decades-long prison sentences will only create more long-term problems, rather than deter crime, for example, making it harder for those accused to return to society.

Gascón backtracked on some of his absolutist policies earlier this year. Prosecutors can now seek approval from committees to try juveniles as adults or seek a life sentence in a murder case. But he said those shifts weren’t the result of the recall efforts or outside criticism.

“I know the concept that these changes were made just because of external pressure might seem like it, but I can tell you it’s a lot more nuanced than that,” Gascón said, insisting the committees were a work in progress Months. “Honestly, regardless of where the recall goes, there will be additional adjustments.”

Times contributor James Queally contributed to this story.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-09/715-833-signatures-turned-in-to-recall-los-angeles-county-da-gascon-election-officials-say 715,833 signatures turned in to recall Gascón, officials say

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