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Letters: Stand on conviction

By in Press Enterprise on June 20, 2017

By Letters To The Editor

Re: “Reject bills that would stymie recall elections” [Opinion, June 15]: It is a rare turn that I agree with you but I do. These bills are an assault on the electorate plain and simple.

The opportunity, rightly or wrongly, to recall an elected official is a time honored measure to assist the electorate in a mulligan. A do-over. A reconsideration of the vote and outcome. Love it or hate it, it’s law and it is not to be tampered with in such a brazen partisan fashion. I am a Yellow Dog Democrat, I’ve never missed an election since my first after turning 18. It pains me horribly to see this come forth from my party.

I live in Moreno Valley and have witnessed the evils of these tactics. These bills will do to the state what the Moreno Valley City Council did in the recall of Victoria Baca. Moot out signatures with bullying and money. When you sign a petition, any petition, know what you are doing, read it, follow up on the subject matter and make sure that your signature was not taken on a re-registration voter affidavit.

The electorate may not seem like the sharpest tools in the shed but it is our right to be irresponsible and suffer the consequences. If you sign a recall petition, whether you sign it knowing what it is or not, it is personal responsibility to hold onto that decision and not be swayed by others to change your mind. It is not the role of government to determine that I made a mistake and allow bullies, or moneyed people or even well-intentioned people to take rights away. If this becomes law, stand by your convictions and do not allow yourself to be swayed, bullied or bought from your position.

— Ruthee Goldkorn, Moreno Valley

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