State democrats are pushing a new bill to throw Sen. Josh Newman a lifeline and save him from the recall. Senate Bill 96, which will become public on Monday, would add months to the current timeline of certifying a recall election for the ballot.
It would make it so that any recall election would be held at the regularly scheduled June 5, 2018 legislative primary election.
So they're trying to push this thing back to work in their favor. Voter turnout is much higher for regular elections than it is for special elections.
Last week the secretary of state's office announced that there are 31, 049. If those signatures are from valid voters, that means we're well on our way to reaching the 63, 593 voters needed to qualify for a ballot measure.
Senate Bill 96 is known as a trailer bill, and would take effect as soon as its signed.
A spokesperson for Kevin de León said:
"Recalls are designed to be extraordinary events in response to extraordinary circumstances – and it’s in the public’s overwhelming interest to ensure the security, integrity and legitimacy of the qualification process. It’s one thing to exploit the recall process for partisan reasons – it’s another to qualify a recall under blatantly false pretenses. These recall integrity reforms will ensure that recalls are done the right way and voters are provided accurate information.”
So we're not doing the recall right? What a bunch of nonsense. Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, and Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) elaborated on this shady move: