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The recount: My rejection letter from the Burbank City Clerk

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- City Clerk Margarita Campos answered questions for reporters at city hall in Burbank April 12, 2011

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- City Clerk Margarita Campos answered questions for reporters at city hall in Burbank April 12, 2011

A postal carrier knocked on my door yesterday. The reason: I needed to sign for a certified letter from the Burbank City Clerk’s Office. The letter is the official rejection  of my offer to replace Burbank resident George Marciniw in the recount request process. Here’s the letter.  

April 26, 2011

Fronnie Lewis
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Dear Ms. Lewis,

This communication is in response to your letter dated April 21, 2011, in which you acknowledge Mr. Marciniw’s withdrawal of his request for a recount of the ballots cast for the office of City Council Member in the City of Burbank General Municipal Election held on April 12, 2011, and in which letter you offered “to take [the] place [of George Marciniw] as a Burbank resident requesting [the] recount”. Your letter was received (and considered filed) by the City Clerk’s Office on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:33 p.m. after the expiration of the protest period which ended on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 5:00 p.m.  This office has carefully reviewed the applicable election law and also contacted the Chief Counsel of the Secretary of State.  After extensive research, this office has been unable to find a provision in the election law that would allow to replace Mr. Marciniw under the present circumstances.

As in the past, this office has always been available to respond to your questions and will be happy to respond to any outstanding issues you may need clarification on. Additionally, the City Council has requested a report on the mail ballot process which will include a reconciliation of the ballots cast in the General Election. I encourage you to give your input to the Council for their consideration during that deliberative process.

Sincerely,

Margarita Campos, CMC                                                                                                           Burbank City Clerk

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2 Responses to The recount: My rejection letter from the Burbank City Clerk

  1. Jim C. Friday, April 29, 2011 at 12:22 am #

    Hi Fronnie,

    I love their “under the present circumstances.” Those are the ones that they’re defining, not anyone else.

    And notice also that they never said you can’t replace or add on to the request in general. Just the way they’ve set it up in their mind.

    Didn’t she also say at the council meeting that it was the attorney general’s office she spoke to?

  2. Fronnie Friday, April 29, 2011 at 12:53 am #

    Jim,

    The City Clerk rattled off a number of departments and codes in her long explanation. I found it confusing. I’m going to go back and listen to it again.

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