Prop. 1 backers and foes both seek count of thousands of disqualified ballots

Opponents concede likely defeat but revived their campaign to join Newsom’s push to correct ballots

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Opponents and proponents of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Prop. 1 mental health bond measure are seeking to correct rejected ballots from the March 5 primary — usually rejected due to a voter’s missing signature or a mismatched signature — as the fate of Prop. 1 hangs by a razor-thin margin.

Prop. 1 was backed by 50.1% of voters and opposed by 49.9%, according to the March 16 update from the secretary of state’s office. That leaves just 20,000 votes, in a state with 22 million registered voters, standing between its passage and its failure. The opposition campaign estimates that upwards of 110,000 disqualified ballots could be corrected and counted.

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Late last week, Governor Gavin Newsom urged Democratic voters to correct ballot signature issues to ensure that his $6.4 billion bond measure actually passes, Politico reported. On Thursday evening, he emailed supporters of Prop. 1, asking them to volunteer to reach out to Democrats whose ballots had been rejected.

If passed, Prop. 1 would direct $4.4 billion to create 10,000 new mental health beds and $2 billion for homeless housing projects. It would also require counties to spend 30% of revenue from the Mental Health Services Act on housing.

“This ballot initiative is so close that your commitment to volunteer could mean the difference between people getting off the streets and into the treatment they need… or not,” Newsom stated in his email to supporters. “Truly. It is that close.”

On Monday morning, Californians Against Prop. 1 revived their campaign — to also urge voters to “cure” their disqualified ballots. On March 12 the opposition campaign conceded likely defeat, but are now revoking that call until the ballot correction effort is completed.

“We believe all ballots should be counted,” said Paul Simmons, a director of Californians Against Prop. 1, in a statement. “We know that many Democrats voted against Prop. 1, so the governor’s effort is no slam dunk. If you’re a Republican or independent, we want you to know that your ballot might make the difference in this election.”

In past primary elections an average of 1.5% of ballots were rejected.

“We don’t know if reviving rejected ballots will change the outcome of this election, but if the governor thinks it might we for damn sure aren’t going to let him have the field to himself,” Simmons said.

Californians Against Prop. 1 relaunched their website on Monday with instructions on how voters can find out if their ballot was disqualified and correct issues such as missing or mismatched signatures.

Governor Newsom is also changing his plans due to the disqualified ballots. He postponed his annual State of the State Address from Monday to an unspecified future date — until the measure has clear results.

While Prop. 1 has consistently held a narrow lead in successive ballot updates, no major news organization has called it as a win. The secretary of state’s office is scheduled to certify the results on April 12.

The outcome holds major political gravitas for Newsom who is banking on its passage to fulfill his promise to address the twin crises of mental health and homelessness.

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Comments

  1. Even though 1,000’s of democrats are moving over to the LAWFUL and common sense republican side this year, of course, the communist fascist racist satanic democrats in Kommiefornia will have their campaigns all nicely sewn up, due to their well-oiled voter fraud machine!!! And naturally, if they lose prop 1, they’ll just get their commie buddies in the judicial system to overturn it for the win, like they did prop 8 years ago!! No matter what…..you vote doesn’t count in commie-land!!

  2. “to fulfill his promise “”””””

    Give me a break this is purely a pay for play, and the numbers of the social welfare groups know that if the State shuts down the spout of government money they will not be able to survive and the illegals and questionables will not get welfare.

    The question is when the cost of doing business because of the spendthrift Democrats hits the wall. What will happen?

    It is clear the Democrats will be voted out of office.

  3. When we were trying to Recall Newsom, all ballots with missing signatures were thrown out as were those with mismatched signatures! So if it was ok then, it should be ok now! Throw them all away if the signatures are missing or mismatched!

  4. Rick Lagattuta says

    Ballots were cast on election day. If a ballot was not completed properly due to any missing information including a signature, then that ballot is void. and should not be counted. There should not be any after voting corrections on ballots cast. There is too much room for ballot manipulation.

  5. Neil Mahony says

    I am handicapped and no longer drive so I get a mail in ballot. It came and I didn’t pay any attention until a week before Election Day. I found out that my ballot had NO PLACE to mark my choices. I called the Registrars office and they told me to “just circle” the mane I wanted, which I did. I then noticed that my pen bled through to the back of the ball lot. Did my ballot count? Why was it mailed out to me? How many others were fouled up like this? A simple mistake OR was done on purpose??

    • Leo of Sacramento says

      you said: “It came and I didn’t pay any attention until a week before Election Day.”…..

      everything after that statement, says it all.

  6. What STALIN said many years ago HOLDS TRUE TODAY IN NEWSOMS FASCSISTS NAZI GOVERNMENT….Stalin said this ” IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO THE PEOPLE VOTE FOR OR AGAINST, WHAT MATTERS IS WHO IS COUNTING THE VOTES”………Do you know what Gavin Newsom and his FASCISTS NAZI PARTY could say TO THE VOTERS OF CALIFORNIA BESIDES SCREW YOU(FU.K YOU) THAT WOULD MEAN THE SAME THING……’TRUST US”…..

  7. Does anyone else see the connection between how Democrats deal with any voting on an issue that favors republicans — including recalls and the like, and how they deal with voting for President? In other words, no ID and no signature verifications for voting in our national elections because that would be racist and harm the poor people who can’t write and have no ID (which is likely ZERO) — but for a recall, better make sure every vote is examined closely and verified….

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