Aug 4, 2014For Immediate Release“Late, one of Mayor’s Jacobs donors filed a frivolous lawsuit to disenfranchise 50,000 voters who seek transparent elections. Democracy works best when the most amount of people are able to participate and this attempt to block the democratic process under false claims is just another tactic to suppress the will of the people.The county mayor’s office is the most powerful position in Orange County and this charter amendment simply moves the county mayor’s election to the time when most voters participate and to a time when more people have access to the ballot. We followed the rules set out by the county charter when we collected 50,000 signatures necessary to put this on the ballot, and we have talked to tens of thousands of people who would like the ability to decide on this matter. To deny them that ability is a flagrant violation of our democratic rights and the county’s own rules. We have seen this attempt to derail democracy back in 2012, when the same county mayor and commission tried to use the courts to block people from voting on a citizen’s initiative. The judge ruled in favor of democracy back then and I am confident the court will uphold the county charter once more.”
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