Story By LongBeach4D.Blogspot
After days of watching the LA County Registrar Dean Logan’s office patch together a recount process for Measure A, the recount came to a halt today. The stop came after L.A. County rejected a $10,854 check from the Long Beach Reform Coalition (LBRC). That check was tied to published methods and figures from the L.A. County Registrar of Voters Dean Logan.
The Long Beach Reform Coalition (LBRC) had raised $50,000 from hundreds of residents to recount the 16 vote difference in the Measure A vote. The money was more than enough under the 2020 published rules of the recall process in the LA County Registrar of Voters 2020 Requesting a Recount Pamphlet as well as the early verbal estimates from the LA County Registrar’s office.
Then things changed after the LBRC’s successful fundraising and filing of the recall.
Logan’s office informed the LBRC that the new March 2020 Voter Center election would up the price from their published pamphlet.
According to Logan’s office, with the new Voter Center system, the Long Beach votes were literally everywhere. Unlike the old system were the Long Beach precinct votes would be together, the Long Beach votes are now mixed in with all the other votes from around LA County.
Logan said the LBRC would have to pay to retrieve the votes either manually or electronically. Either way, the LBRC would have to pay for finding the Long Beach ballots.
LBRC protested that was not what was published. Logan’s team said take it or leave it. Under written protest, LBRC opted for the less expensive (but untried) electronic review. The physical count would require the LBRC to pay for days of Logan’s team going through all the Los Angeles County Vote Center boxes to find Long Beach ballots.
Then Logan’s team informed the LBRC they would still have to pay for setting up the electronic system to retrieve the ballots since the new system had no way to retrieve ballots for a recount.
On April 8 the first day of the recount, the LBRC first had to provide the money for Logan’s team to come up with a way to retrieve the ballots electronically. The cost, $6450 for 3 computer technicians to set up the system to retrieve the ballots electronically.
That first day, no ballots were counted.
The next day Thursday April 9th, LBRC had requested 10 recount tables equal to 40 people counting ballots. The more people a day you have counting, the less expensive it is for the people requesting the recount since the costs go up the more days the recount takes.
That day Logan’s team only provided LBRC with a total of 8 people to count. Of those 8 counters, 4 of them were only available after 2:30 pm.
Total ballots counted were a little over 1000. Cost was $6450.
Under the old voting system, 4 people could recount an average of 6500 a day. On Thursday just over 1000 total were counted.
Also on Thursday, LBRC challenged about 50 rejected (not counted) ballots, both Vote by Mail and Provisional ballots . L.A. Registrar Dean Logan was suppose to rule on those challenges. As of Monday April 13, Logan still had not ruled on the ballots.
The LBRC coalition again asked for 40 people to count for Friday April 10. Logan’s team only provided 16 people to count the ballots.
Those 16 people only counted around 6700 ballots all day. That comes out to 1675 per table well below the 6500 average under previous recounts.
At the rate of counting under Logan’s new on-the-fly electronic system, the recount would take at least 16 more days and the cost would be well over $100,000.
During those two days, ballots were already found that would change the final vote count.
On Monday April 13, the LBRC brought a check to the recount for $10,854 for 32 ballot counters to physically count the ballots. That was the cost Logan’s office published in his LA County Registrar of Voters 2020 Requesting a Recount Pamphlet.
Logan’s office had the LBRC team wait five hours then presented the LBRC with a letter from the L.A. County legal counsel rejecting the $10,854 check for physical counters and demanded payment for the new electronic system.
The LBRC is now taking the LA County Registrar to court.