SANTA ANA! If You Voted for Manny, Do This NOW!


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You may have to make one more drive for Manny Escamilla this week!

I won’t bury this lede.  In fact, I’ll put it in large type:

IF YOU VOTED FOR MANNY ESCAMILLA IN LAST WEEK’S ELECTION, CLICK THIS LINK AND SEE IF YOUR VOTE HAS BEEN COUNTED (AS SHOWN BELOW, THERE ARE LINKS FOR BOTH PROVISIONAL BALLOTS AND VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS) —

AND IF YOUR VOTE HASN’T BEEN COUNTED THEN SEND AN E-MAIL TO ONE OR BOTH OF THESE ADDRESSES:

Manny Escamilla is currently 157 votes behind Phil Bacerra in his race for Santa Ana City Council.  (Beatriz Mendoza, the less progressive progressive candidate, trails him by 337 and is out of the picture.)  With only 78 ballots listed as left to count, it looks like it is all over.  But it may not be.

Some people who tried to vote by provisional ballot may have had their votes rejected.  (As this is common among homeless and renters who move a lot, it’s probably more common in Santa Ana than anywhere else in the county.)  Voters have until sometime next week to challenge the rejections of their ballots.  That’s probably Manny’s best chance to win.

Let’s take a look at the 78 uncounted ballots that we know about.

Those “late eligible VBMs” and provisional ballots are Manny’s best groups, though Beatriz will get her share. (Others including Phil may also get a few. But Manny will probably get half or more.)

It may lead nowhere, but we should ensure that NO VOTE GOES UNCOUNTED.  When you click on that link at the top, here’s where it will take you, and what the process looks like:

STEP ONE (in English):

Note that, in the upper right, you’ll find links to other languages — such as the following distinguished tongue:

Uno (en Español):

STEP 2!

Now once you’ve put in your birthdate and last 4 digits of your driver’s license or State ID, you can click and go to this page, where you can check your provisional ballot status or vote-by-mail ballot status, as appropriate:

Ignore the warnings telling me that I wasn’t eligible to vote in this election. And if you want to find who your elected officials are, this is where you can!

Now — if you voted for Manny, you can check to see if your vote counted — and you can email him and/or me and receive further instructions on fixing the problem.  (I’ll also accept email from people who voted for someone other than Manny but don’t show that their ballot has been counted, because that’s only fair.  Do not abuse the right to use this email for other purposes.  If you’re wondering, the “pulido” in the email address is there because it was set up to help with his recall, which sadly did not happen.)

GET THE WORD OUT! (ALSO IN AVAILABLE IN VIETNAMESE AND OTHER LANGUAGES!) BUT YOUR TIME TO CHALLENGE THE REJECTION OF YOUR BALLOT IS VERY LIMITED!

 


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)