Yucca Valley, Ca.,- In horseshoes, there are two ways to score: by throwing “ringers” or by throwing the horseshoe nearest to the stake. This scoring system gives rise to the popular expression “Close only counts in horseshoes.”
In the case of over 5,000 recall signatures gathered and to end up short by approximately 200 each for Councilmen George Huntington and Robert Lombardo…like they say…“Close only counts in horseshoes.”
Many will be quick to call the recall effort a failure and I guess it all depends where one is seated…proponent, opponent or in the peanut gallery. After all, it’s not like there were hundreds of citizens that withdrew their names from the petitions…in the end only 26 names requested to have their name removed.
It’s not that there were not enough signatures gathered to turn in…2,720 each for Huntington and Lombardo, exceeding the required 2,461 needed to place the recall on the ballot by over 10%. So what happened that the San Bernardino Registrar of Voters deemed there were an insufficient number of valid signatures according to their voter registry?
What are the possibilities? Over 400 new registered voters may not have been counted due to the fact many of the applications were accidentally mailed to the Riverside ROV office and many registered barely three days before the petitions were turned in…or, did Johnny forget to sign his name as John or Jonathan as per the voter registration records? Many questions remain unanswered at this time.
The Yucca Valley Recall website reports the following:
“Roughly 450 signatures were not counted on each of the recall petitions. YVR’s signature screening and verification process was thorough and painstaking. A request for a review of the invalidated signatures has already been initiated. YVR expects the final accounting will be in its favor.”>LINK
In the meantime, I would like to personally thank everyone for their contributions and dedication to this recall effort.
For further updates>www.YuccaValleyRecall.com
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