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, 2011Fronnie Lewis XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX
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.