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LA claims a 27% error rate in recall signatures;


Los Angeles County reported Monday that more than 27% of signatures submitted on petitions to remove District Attorney George Gascón were invalid – after reporting that less than 1% of mail-in ballots were invalid in the 2019 election. 2020.

The county said it rejected 195,783 of 715,833 signatures submitted, or about 27.3%. Reasons given included that some voters turned out to be unregistered; incorrect addresses were given; or the signatures did not match those on file.

However, in January 2021, the county reported that less than 1% of the 3,422,585 mail-in ballots submitted were rejected. The validity test for ballots is similar to that for petitions, involving verification of signatures and addresses.

Since the state of California sent ballots to all registered voters, rather than to those who requested them as in the past, there was a high likelihood of error; some voters reported receiving multiple ballots, often for former residents. (These issues persisted in the 2021 recall election for Governor Gavin Newsom, as this author personally testifies.)

Still, the county reported that 99.38% of mail-in ballots were accepted in 2020. The number of mail-in ballots that were rejected due to inaccurate signatures (12,135) in the election was close to the number rejected for this reason. in recall petitions (9,490), although the number of signatures to be considered in the election was about five times higher.

In the primary phase of the 2020 elections, when many states were first using mail-in voting, the rejection rate was about one in four, according to the Washington Post. That rejection rate was less than 1% nationally in the general election — and lower than the rejection rate in 2016 in many states, when there were far fewer people voting by mail.

One explanation, according to FiveThirtyEight.com, was that “states…proactively changed their election policies to prevent ballots from being discarded due to delay,” and that voters were given the opportunity to ” cure” invalid ballots. A more cynical theory was that officials may have lowered rejection standards given the emphasis on mail-in voting during the pandemic.

Recall supporters complained they weren’t allowed to watch the signature verification process, after county officials said they weren’t required to allow observers since the petition campaign didn’t was not considered an “election” under state law.

Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.



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