LA County Newsom Recall Ballot Design And Envelope Violate Sanctity of Vote Secrecy For Over 5 Million LA County Registered Voters. See VIDEO Demonstration
|(Aug. 21, 2021, 5:20 p.m.) -- LBREPORT.com (Long Beach media outlet now entering our 22nd year) shows how LA County Newsom recall election ballot and envelope design violate the sanctity of secret ballot for over 5 million LA County registered voters. Video below.
The foregoing is fact, not opinion.
Now opinion: There's no evidence that we know about or facts we can prove show that this was done for some conspiratorial purpose, such as to enable tossing or destroying "yes" votes on the recall. Among other things, the system supposedly allows one to track their ballot.
But LA County Registrar Recorder Dean Logan (the buck stops with him) has in our view violated the rights of over 5 million LA County registered voters to a secret ballot. Mr. Logan should hold a news conference Monday (Aug. 23) to tell voters how to protect their vote privacy: turn the ballot around so it faces the other way in the envelope.
Then he should be big enough to resign over this breach of vote privacy. If he doesn't, he should be fired.
Video report plus opinion by LBREPORT.com publisher Bill Pearl
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On August 10, the City Council signaled no meaningful dissent from Mayor/Mgm't proposed FY 22 police budget that doesn't restore any of roughly 230 officers defunded by previous and present Councils. No Council incumbent sought to change their current FY 21 budgeted officer level that leaves LB with a significantly thinner per capita police level than LA, Santa Monica, Signal Hill.
In public testimony, over two dozen speakers from various groups urged the Council to defund 25% ($65 million) of LBPD's budget as part of their self-declared "Peoples Budget." Their speakers said LBPD practices violence that doesn't deter violence, said police don't make the community safer and urged diverting current LBPD sums to other spending items they said the community favors.
On Aug 10, no public speakers from any neighborhood, business or community group publicly urged Council to restore any of roughly 230 officers previously erased/defunded.
To date, no Long Beach neighborhood group has adopted a voted resolution calling on the Council to restore 48 officers defunded by the Council's Sept. 2020 FY 21 budget vote.
On July 19, 2021, the City Council voted (8-0, Austin absent) to approve a Mayor/Management labeled "Safety Recovery Plan" tied in part to a Mayor/management proposed FY22 budget. The plan, sought by the Council following multiple shootings, doesn't restore any of the roughly 230 erased officers.
Under the $8.6 million plan, LB taxpayers will spend roughly $4 million for non-police items labeled "prevention." The Council action was supported by multiple public podium speakers, some of whom had ties to groups that stand to receive a share of the money.
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