L.A. County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant partially granted a preliminary injunction sought by the Committee to Support the Recall of DA George Gascon, which was seeking better access to county records in order to review signatures that had been rejected in its thus-far unsuccessful attempt at a recall election.
(Los Angeles, CA) – Today, Judge James C. Chalfant of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County granted the Recall DA George Gascon Committee’s ex parte application for an expedited hearing, which requires the applicant to demonstrate irreparable harm will take place if the order is not granted.
On Tuesday, the Recall DA George Gascon Committee filed a claim for injunctive relief against the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters. The Recall Committee is seeking to remove arbitrary and capricious restrictions that have been placed on its review of invalidated signatures, so a full and meaningful review can be conducted in a timely manner. The ability to do so is critically important given the substantial problems identified with the count thus far.
The initial review of invalidated signatures demonstrates the Registrar’s counting process was seriously flawed, resulting in substantial errors, the wrongful invalidation of many valid signatures, and the disenfranchisement of thousands of Los Angeles County Voters.
After a second effort to bring his removal to voters fell short, Gascon’s opponents will take the L.A. County Registrar to court.
As you know, we’ve been carefully reviewing every one of the 195,783 signatures the Registrar deemed invalid last month.
Protesters gathered at Beverly Gardens Park on Aug. 28 to voice their frustration that efforts to recall Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon failed. The demonstration was organized by the Recall District Attorney George Gascón Committee, the official organization spearheading the recall campaign.
Leaders of the Recall District Attorney George Gascon campaign announced Thursday that they plan to begin their review of the disqualified signatures next week, in hopes of finding enough evidence to keep their failed petition alive.
A full examination will allow us to use all the resources at our disposal to ensure not a single LA voter is disenfranchised.
520,050 signatures were found to be valid and 195,783 were found to be invalid. Therefore, according to the Registrar, the petition has failed to meet the sufficiency requirements.