Fullerton, CA—Sacramento attorneys representing the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association filed a petition with the Superior Court of California yesterday to prevent voters who were tricked into signing the recall petition from being able to remove their names. Thousands of voters, who were victims of the fraudulent recall effort, have already signed forms to remove their names from the misleading recall petition.
“I just can’t believe that they’re trying to do this to me twice,” said Shawn Robison, whose withdrawal request is among those that the special interest group is seeking to throw out. “First they tricked me into signing a petition by lying to me about what it said, and now that I submitted the form to get my name back, they are suing to force me to stay on it. What does it say about your cause if you have to lie and sue to get people to support you?”
“They told me that the petition would lower my gas taxes, but all it would do is recall Senator Newman,” said Debra Cembrano, who also asked to have her name removed from the petition. “I voted for Josh Newman, and I do not want him recalled. I would feel terrible if my name was used by these people to recall him.”
The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, one of the special interest groups behind the recall, contends that the new law, which enabled people tricked into signing its petition to have their names removed, requires them to submit their signature withdrawal request in person, rather than by proxy. A copy of the petition for a writ of mandate can be found here.