Concerning The Permanent Replacement Of The Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Of The County Of Los Angeles

Whereas, the position of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk of the County of Los Angeles is vacant due to the retirement of Conny McCormack, and is being filled on a temporary basis by Chief Deputy Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan; and

Whereas, the County of Los Angeles operates the largest county election system in the nation, with nearly four million registered voters and more than 200 electoral jurisdictions; and the right to participate in the election of government officials through the vote of individual citizens is the most exalted right of citizenship in the United States; and

Whereas, recent history has demonstrated the ease with which election results may be altered, tampered with, restated or otherwise misrepresented through the actions of individuals, groups, electronic or computerized systems or the absence of proper standards, oversight and quality controls;

Therefore, be it resolved that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party urges the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to conduct a thorough and comprehensive national search for a new Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, permitting the selection of an individual of outstanding quality and experience, who is committed to conducting elections in a transparent, open, trustworthy and honest manner and who will ensure for the people of Los Angeles that every vote is accurately counted as cast; and

Be it further resolved, that any candidates considered for this critical position have the relevant education and experience necessary and appropriate to oversee the operation of the largest county election system in the nation; be of the highest caliber, with superior ethical standards, an unsullied professional history, free of conflicts-of-interest and ties to election system vendors and have a willingness to maintain an open and ongoing dialogue with the voters of Los Angeles and their duly elected representatives.

 

Authored by Eric C. Bauman, Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Passed by LACDP Resolutions Committee, December 11, 2007

Passed by Los Angeles County Committee, December 11, 2007