Prosecutor George Gascón’s recall effort is failing to collect enough signatures for a vote, the county says

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — An attempt to remove Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón from office has not collected enough valid signatures to be put on the ballot, county officials said Monday.

The district secretary’s office said while organizers submitted more than 715,000 signatures to get the measure on the ballot, only 520,000 were found valid. The measure required nearly 567,000 valid signatures on the ballot.

The county said more than 195,000 signatures were found invalid for reasons such as the person signing not living in the county or not being a registered voter. Duplicates were found in almost 44,000 signatures.

Last week, organizers of the recall effort claimed the county had failed to comply with applicable signature verification laws, saying the rules assume a signature is valid unless there is evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that it is the signature on the petition in “several, significant and evident” respected by the record. However, the organizers claimed that the county does not adhere to this standard.

The county says it conducted its review in compliance with all California laws and requirements.

A spokesman for Gascón’s campaign released a statement: “We are obviously pleased to be moving forward from this attempt at political power grabs, but we also understand that much more work needs to be done. And we remain strongly committed to this work. DA’s primary focus is, and always has been, protecting ourselves and creating a fairer justice system for all. Today’s announcement doesn’t change that.”

That’s not the only obstacle that has challenged recall efforts.

Last month, a company that collected petition signatures for an organizer recall measure alleged in federal court owed the company at least $469,596 in unpaid labor.

RELATED: Signature Collecting Firm Sues Gascon Recall Committee

Gascón has come under fire since taking office in December 2020, when he issued a series of policies critics have criticized as soft on crime. The guidelines include a rule against seeking the death penalty, a ban on bringing juvenile offenders to adult courts, and bans on seeking supplementary sentences in most cases.

Gascón has repeatedly defended his policies, saying his stance was well known during his campaign and his election showed public support for his agenda.

The City News Service contributed to this report.

The video in the media player above is from a previous report.

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