March 22, 2023
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Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Refers Petition Signature Irregularities to California Attorney General
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) Dean C. Logan has referred findings related to recent signature irregularities in the Petition to Recall Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón and the petition for proposed Statewide Initiative 1935 to the California Attorney General for review.
“Based on our review of two recent petitions – one a countywide recall petition and the other a statewide initiative petition, my office has identified irregularities that suggest the possibility of fraudulent signature submission that I believe may warrant investigation,” said Logan.
During the signature examination and verification process for the Petition to Recall District Attorney George Gascón submitted on July 6, 2022 , the RR/CC identified 367 instances where the petition signers were deceased before the period in which the petition was circulated.
Similarly, on the Petition for proposed Statewide Initiative 1935 (Limits the Ability of Voters and State and Local Governments to Raise Revenues for Government Services) submitted on August 2, 2022, the RR/CC identified 344 instances where the petition signers were deceased before the period in which the petition was circulated.
In some cases, there is commonality in the circulators between the two petitions. The RR/CC continues to review these and other statewide petitions reviewed in the past year for possible irregularities.
“The integrity of these processes is fundamental to our representative form of government and influences the confidence and participation of our electorate,” said Logan. “Attempts to compromise the integrity of this process ought to be scrutinized.”
The RR/CC referred this matter to the California Attorney General given the Los Angeles County District Attorney is the subject of and an interested party to the recall petition and the initiative petition is an issue with statewide impact. The RR/CC has provided the same information to the Investigative Services Unit in the Office of the California Secretary of State.