Doesn't the Republican Party led by Executive Director Jason P. Dore believe in the democratic process or the validity of the Louisiana Constitution? Does the GOP party leader support Governor Jindal's attempts to strip the public of its voice? Is Mr. Dore acting at the guidance of his party and the majority of its members, is he acting alone, or is he serving as a mouthpiece for the Governor?
The following is a reproduction of a letter that has been reportedly sent to all recall petitioners. It was sent to me in lieu of an original copy in the mail by one of the petitioners.
Mr. Dore's request cannot be fulfilled because it is not required under the statutes for recall elections, it would be impossible to find and collect all petitions circulated statewide prior to the deadline, and it is the responsibility of the Secretary of State to certify that all signatures are legitimate before they are released to the public.
The Recall Bobby Jindal Campaign wants to remain transparent and follow the laws created for the protection of the public. We realize there may be unscrupulous persons who reproduce petitions and forge names. There are also many people who want to sign the petition but who may not be eligible registered voters. The Recall Committee will not release names or numbers until all are certified and officially reported by the Secretary of State's Office although it is in their purview to do so. They understand that an inflated estimate of numbers might unfairly hurt the political ambitions of the recall subjects.
We want all Louisiana citizens to note that all registered voters are eligible to sign the recall petitions, including government employees. No retribution can be made to anyone signing a petition and it would be unethical and illegal for anyone to carry out any acts of intimidation or threats to signators.
We would hope that Mr. Dore's desire to follow the law and to protect all voters regardless of political affiliation would outwiegh his CURIOSITY!!
LAGOP (Louisiana Republican Party) letterhead
June 15, 2012
(to recall petitioners)
Via U.S. Mail Postage Prepaid
Re: Request for Public Records/Louisiana Public Records Act
Pursuant to my rights under the Louisiana Public Records Ace (La. R.S. 44:1-41; Article XII, Section 3 of the Louisiana Constitution), I write to request information regarding the Representative Kevin Pearson recall petition. Specifically, I am requesting the following information:
1. The name, address, and signature of each person that has signed the recall petition.
This request reasonably describes identifiable records that are not exempt from disclosure. Therefore, I ask that you please make these documents promptly available in compliance with the Louisiana Public Records Act. La. R.S. 18:1300.5 (B) states: "Upon the signature of the first elector, the recall petition, including the name, address, and signature of each elector who has signed thereon, shall be a public record. The chairman, or the vice chairman when acting as the chairman, shall be the custodian thereof. The petition and the custodian shall be subject to all of the provisions of R.S. 44:31 et seq."
Please notify me is some or all of the records noted above are not available for public view. I also ask that you notify me of any fees associated with my request, including the costs of copying, postage and shipping, before the charges are incurred.
If possible, please email copies of these documents to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you cannot provide electronic copies, please forward hard copies of these documents to the physical address provided above.
Under the provisions of the Louisiana Public Records Act, failure of a custodian of records to respond within the time limits provided by law can result in the institution of proceedings for the issuance of a writ of mandamus, together with attorney's fees, costs and damages as provided for by law. If the court finds that the custodian unreasonably or arbitrarily failed to respond to the request as required by La. R.S. 44:32 the court may award the requester civil penalties not to exceed one hundred dollars per day, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays for each such day of such failure to give notification.
(Mr. Dore's signature)
Jason P. Dore
Cc: Louisiana Secretary of State
The following is a link to the Louisiana law regarding recall elections.