Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association gives Long Beach Reform Coalition $20,000 for Measure A Recount Lawsuit against L.A. County Registrar of Voters

By LB4D blog

“The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has fought for the right to vote on taxes. Essential  exercise of that right is the need to have confidence that every vote was counted, and counted accurately.” 

-Statement on pending  Measure A lawsuit 4/28/20

by Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Jon Coupal

The Long Beach Reform Coalition (LBRC) has announced it has received a $20,000 grant from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association to be used for litigation over the Measure A recount against Dean Logan the L.A. Registrar of Voters.

Reform candidates Juan Ovalle and Robert Fox 

Gaining the support of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), one of the oldest and largest taxpayer associations in the United States, is another major step in the meteoric rise of the Long Beach Reform Coalition as a major political player in Long Beach.  Starting just two years ago, the coalition of neighborhood and  single issue organizations from across Long Beach has progressively grown its grassroots organizing and raising money to field increasingly  potent issue campaigns, candidates for council races, a ballot recount and now litigation concerning that recount over Measure A.

The LBRC’s press release about the $20,000 grant from the HJTA took the controversial L.A. County Registrar of Voters $300 million VSAP  voting system to task:

“LBRC recently took the lead on the recount of Long Beach Measure A, which was certified as having passed with a bare 16-vote margin out of approximately one hundred thousand votes cast. Unfortunately, that recount became a charade as LA Co. Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan used the flaws in his new VSAP voting system to obstruct the process and terminate it before completion. 

Unbelievably, the design for the $300 million VSAP system, custom-developed for LA County and ten years in the making, apparently did not account for recounts, what ought to be one of the most basic functions of an election system. By taking millions of ballots, which used to be pre-sorted by jurisdiction according to polling place, and instead mixing them all together, VSAP has rendered a manual recount—in other words a human, paper trail audit—of the original machine count an extreme logistical challenge. 

By attempting to charge the recount requestor for the cost of this multi-week ‘ballot retrieval’ process, County Clerk Logan has effectively implemented a poll tax (in other words, created a high discriminatory economic bar) for anyone but the wealthiest of campaigns or individuals to access their right to a recount under California state law. Such a policy effectively serves as a cover up for the counting flaws inherent in the VSAP system, as a full recount would (and the partial recount process had already begun to) reveal inaccuracies in the original machine count.” 

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