Posted by Chris Nguyen on December 2, 2012
Map pf the 36th Assembly District (Courtesy of Meridian Pacific)
In an unexpected turn of events, Democrats have captured their 55th Assembly seat by taking the 36th Assembly District that covers LA County’s Antelope Valley, southeastern Kern County, and the San Bernardino County communities of Phelan, Pinon Hills, and Wrightwood. Republicans now hold just 25 seats. 2/3 of the seats is 54.
Democrat Attorney/Teacher Steve Fox defeated Republican Lancaster Councilman/Business Owner Ron Smith by 145 votes after LA County finished counting its ballots today. Smith had led Fox by 1,952 votes after Election Night counting.
The Assembly had already assigned an office to Republican Smith and posted his picture on the wall of Assembly Members. Smith had hired most of his staff, and the office of Legislative Counsel had already prepared two pieces of legislation for Smith to introduce. Smith has stated that he will seek a recount.
Photo of Ron Smith’s name plate next to the door of Capitol Room 3149 (Courtesy of OneVoter.org)
The Assembly is set to swear in its new members tomorrow at 12 noon. It is unclear if Fox will be sworn in or if the Assembly will wait for the results of the recount.
The old 36th Assembly District seat was held by Steve Knight, who left after two terms to successfully win election to the new 21st Senate District.
LA County Registrar Dean Logan’s claim to national fame was as Elections Director in King County, Washington in 2004.
- In the 2004 Washington gubernatorial election, Republican Dino Rossi led Democrat Christine Gregoire by 261 votes at the end of vote counting.
- After the first recount (triggered by Washington’s automatic machine recount law), Rossi’s lead shrunk to 42.
- In the second recount (a manual one request by the Washington Democratic Party), Logan announced that 561 rejected absentee ballots would be counted, and workers in Logan’s county found another 162 uncounted ballots on a tray in a warehouse. This totaled 723 ballots that had not been counted before. After they were counted, Rossi’s 42-vote lead became a 129-vote deficit.
- After much legal wrangling, Gregoire was sworn in as Governor on the day Governor Gary Locke’s term expired. Gregoire defeated Rossi 53%-47% in a 2008 rematch.
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Posted by Chris Nguyen on August 29, 2012
Prop 29 went down in defeat in June with 2,592,791 voting against the measure and 2,568,715 voting for the measure (a 50.2%-49.8% margin or 24,076 votes), according to the results certified by the Secretary of State on July 13.
Four days before certification, on July 9, Dr. John Maa (D-San Francisco) filed a request for a partial recount of the results. Maa is being represented in the recount by attorney Brad Hertz (R-Woodland Hills) of the Sutton Law Firm. Maa indicated he would spend up to $250,000 to pay for the recount (remember, under California law, anyone requesting a recount must pay for it; a refund will occur only if they succeed in overturning the election results).
On July 16, the partial recount commenced in Los Angeles County. The recounting continued until August 11, at which point Maa’s recount added 464 “Yes” votes and 246 “No” votes, a net gain of 218 votes for the “Yes” side.
On August 6, the recount commenced in Placer County, but with Steven L. Heilig (G-San Francisco) rather than Ma as the person requesting the recount. The recounting continued until August 13, at which point Heilig’s recount subtracted 10 “Yes” votes and 18 “No” votes, a net gain of 8 votes for the “Yes” side.
The recount is now rolling into Orange County, with the Registrar of Voters announcing the recount will commence on Wednesday, September 5.
Although the No on 29 side is gaining votes in the recount, it seems unlikely that they’ll achieve enough to overturn 24,076 considering they’ve only netted 226 votes so far.
If Maa sounds familiar, he was in a “Yes on 29” commercial:
Since we’re showing Prop 29 commercials, click here to see Orange County’s own Dr. Ken Williams (R-Villa Park) in a No on 29 commercial.
Posted in California, Orange County | Tagged: Brad Hertz, John Maa, Ken Williams, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Orange County Registrar of Voters, Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters, Proposition 29, Steven Heilig, Sutton Law Firm | Leave a Comment »