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News Alert: Recount in Burbank City Council race

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Hold on!  The 2011 Burbank General Election is not quite a done deal just yet. Today a statewide election watchdog organization, Protect California Ballots , joined with Burbank resident, George Marciniw, in sending a letter to Burbank City Clerk, Margarita Campos, requesting a recount in that oh-so close city council run-off between City Planning Board Member, Emily Gabel-Luddy, and Police Commissioner, Bob Frutos. You’re reading about it first on this blog.

 Last Friday, Campos announced the final results showing Gabel-Luddy edged out Frutos by 95 votes. Protect California Ballots founder, Judy Alter, says the only way to really make sure the election machines scanned the ballots accurately is to double-check with a manual count using human, “…eyeballs and hands.” Alter, a retired UCLA professor, says “… most voter fraud occurs in mail-in ballot (elections)… ”

The city of Burbank is charging a steep $4,500 for the ballot recount. Alter believes that “is wrong,” and says under the California State Election Code the fee should be $400-800.  No matter, Alter and her election integrity group plan to collect donations to pay the high fee in order to go ahead with the Burbank City Council race recount.

For more on Protect California Ballots and/or to make a donation for this recount, which is tax deductible, click over to the group’s website here.

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3 Responses to News Alert: Recount in Burbank City Council race

  1. Jim C. Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 4:29 am #

    Good scoop.

    They have to post the money first before a recount will commence.

    I’m also curious what precinct was chosen for the mandatory 1 percent manual recount last week. Somehow it garnered Gabel-Luddy those extra votes.

    The problem with these mail-elections in general is that they can be easily fixed just by tossing out selected ballots as they dribble in. So there may not be much to check up on.

  2. Fronnie Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 11:33 am #


    Yes, money paid before each day of the recount — not all of it with the recount request as Burbank officials were first demanding.

    I think this recount will be a good review of the Burbank mail-in election process. We’ll see if it is working as well as Burbank officials claim.

  3. Louis Eugene Carabini Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    …………..Voters in Burbank and Glendale are close to knowing the final tallies in the elections for both city councils..In Glendale today officials are scheduled to count the roughly 3 150 remaining vote-by-mail and provisional ballots at 2 p.m. The process will be open to public viewing..City officials have been working to reconcile the remaining ballots with Tuesday s voter rosters to ensure that votes aren t duplicated..Burbank voters will have to wait until Friday for the city clerk to issue the final election results..In each race the margins between winners and losers are thin..Burbank City Council candidate Emily Gabel-Luddy a member of the Burbank Planning Board who faced strong opposition from a local employees union narrowly won Tuesday night by 86 votes according to preliminary returns. Her competitor Burbank Police Commissioner Robert Frutos said he would before conceding..In Glendale today voters will find out if former City Councilman Rafi Manoukian bumping one of two incumbents off the dais.

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