The campaign to recall Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón did not receive enough valid signatures to put it to ballot.
The L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk made the announcement Monday, saying it counted 520,050 valid signatures, just short of the required 566,857.
” To qualify the recall for the ballot, the petition required 566,857 valid signatures; therefore, the petition has failed to meet the sufficiency requirements and no further action shall be taken on the petition,” The registrar wrote in a press release. “The RR/CC has notified the proponents of these findings.”
Organizers of the recall campaign submitted more than 715,000 signatures with the thought of taking into account invalid signatures. Even with the submitted amount of signatures, 195,783 were said to be invalid.
The registrar broke down the invalid signatures, highlighting that 43,593 were duplicate signatures, 88,464 came from people not registered to vote, 32,187 did not match a provided address, 9,490 had mismatched signatures, 5,374 were from people not in Los Angeles County, 7,344 and 9,331 invalidated without a specific reason attached.
The recall campaign sought signatures from L.A. residents, accusing Gascón of having a “pro-criminal agenda.”
In February, the Association of Deputy District Attorneys voted in favor of supporting a recall of Gascón, with 83% of its 800 members participating.
“This vote is by those who are intimately familiar with how Mr. Gascón’s policies actually play out on a day-to-day basis,” ADDA President Michele Hanisee said after the vote took place. “We believe the vote of our members will resonate with the voters of Los Angeles as they decide whether to recall Gascón from office and restore public safety as the priority of the District Attorney’s office.”
Gascón is a former LAPD patrol officer and took office in 2020, being voted in to replace former District Attorney Jackie Lacey. In 2011, before his tenure in Los Angeles, Gascón was then San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s pick to replace then District Attorney Kamala Harris.
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