Yucca Valley, Ca.,- What has seemed an eternity in waiting for the final results of the validation of signatures on the petitions for the Yucca Valley Recall will soon be revealed and the wait will be over. The San Bernardino Registrar of Voters is prepared to send the final tally to the Yucca Valley Town Clerk this week according to an interview with Michael Scarpello, Director of the San Bernardino Registrar of Voters.
The request for 100% validation of over 5,000 signatures for the recall to remove Yucca Valley Town Councilmen George Huntington and Robert Lombardo from office was delivered to the Registrar on September 11, 2013. As an agent or vendor hired by the Town, the ROV will charge the Town for the billable hours to verify each signature as requested. Once the signatures on the petitions were validated and tallied, the search began to locate the names of the 26 citizens wishing to remove their signatures as per the Town’s request, which is also calculated as billable hours. Depending on the hourly rate of either a temp or management staff, these figures will be combined for the total time spent on each task and billed to the Town of Yucca Valley.
The Town had up to 30 working days to validate the signatures, or six weeks, which would be on or before October 21, 2013, but it appears there will be an answer well before that final date. Scarpello stated there were at times, four persons assigned to the task of validating the signatures for the Yucca Valley Recall.
Contrast that number against the City of San Bernardino Recall signature validation task requiring up to 40 persons to comply with the statement Scarpello made to the judge the San Bernardino Recall petitions would be processed in time to qualify for the November 5th ballot saving the city close to $225,000 in elections costs. In that recall scenario, Gigi Hanna, the clerk for the City of San Bernardino rejected the petitions for lack of filing the Notice of Publication with her office prior to circulating the petitions for signatures. The matter was taken to the San Bernardino County Superior Court where the judge ordered the city to begin validating recall signatures and threw out an “anti-recall” petition that had been circulating asking voters to remove their signatures.
A special thank you to Director Michael Scarpello and the ROV staff for their prompt answers and assistance to bring this story to our readers.
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