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**Full Counting of Gascón
Recall Petitions to Proceed **

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By a MetNews Staff Writer

The Office of Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder announced yesterday that a random sampling of 715,860 signatures on petitions calling for a recall of District Attorney George Gascón showed there were not enough valid signatures to qualify the matter for the ballot and there were more than enough to avoid a disqualication, meaning that a check of all signatures will proceed.

That must be completed by Aug. 17.

The office checked 35,793 signatures—5 percent of the total—and found 27,983 petition to be valid.

Had the number exceeded 31,179, the check would have stopped. Elections Code §11225(b) provides:

“If the statistical sampling shows that the number of valid signatures is greater than 110 percent of the required number, the elections official shall certify the petition to be sufficient.”

If the number had been lower than 25,510, the recall effort would have failed. Sec. 11225(d) says:

“If the statistical sampling shows that the number of valid signatures is less than 90 percent of the required number, the elections official shall certify the petition to be insufficient.”

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