Republican officials call foul play in Calif. special election
UPDATED 11:52 AM PT — Sunday, May 10, 2020
GOP officials have challenged a Los Angeles County election official’s decision to open a voting center in an area where Democrat support is dense. L.A. County Registrar Recorder and County Clerk Dean Logan announced Friday the district will open a polling station at the Lancaster National Soccer Center in the second week of a special election.
The election is for an open congressional seat in California’s 25th district, which was formerly held by Katie Hill. She resigned following several scandals, which involved leaked nude photos and allegations of an inappropriate relationship with one of her staffers.
Democrat Assemblywoman Christy Smith and defense contractor Mike Garcia are vying to fill the vacant seat.
“We’ve used a lot of traditional campaign methods. Of course, we’re sending out mail, we’ve got a robust TV program running ads on cable as well as broadcast, and we’re doing a lot of work by telephone. We have the benefit of hundreds of volunteers.” – Christy Smith, U.S. Representative (D-Calif.)
GOP officials blasted Logan’s decision to open up the voting center. RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and President Trump have claimed Democrats are attempting to rig the election.
The request to open the voting center was reportedly made on behalf of the Democrat Party, leading Republican supporters to believe Logan’s decision was swayed. His announcement followed California Governor Gavin Newsom’s reveal of efforts to send mail-in ballots to all voters in the state and require in-person voting centers to open.
“People that otherwise are not familiar with mail in ballots, are uncomfortable with them, may have disabilities (or) other issues that may preclude that as an appropriate option, we still want to have the appropriate number of physical sites for people to vote as well,” stated Newsom.
In the meantime, county election officials confirmed there will be six in-person voting centers when residents cast their ballots May 12th. The winner of the special election will finish out Hill’s term, which ends in January.