This week’s regular city council meeting includes City Clerk Yvonne Horton using inflated election costs to keep Inglewood voters from participating in March elections for Inglewood City Council members. Horton is asking the Mayor and Council to tell HER when they want to schedule their OWN elections.
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s office has given the Inglewood City Clerk the option of holding General Elections for all members of the city council, City Treasurer and herself, minus Mayor James Butts, in either March or November.
Horton cites exaggerated costs of $800,000 to hold the elections which this author finds egregious and misleading.
Horton cites costs of $500,000 if the election were to be held in November. Based on Horton conducting every election in the city of Inglewood for at least the last decade, her staff report states she is unable to know what the costs are of a run-off. Which is odd since the COUNTY will be conducting the elections and should be providing the cost to her office instead of the other way around.
For some reason her staff report doesn’t include any backup documentation, including previous costs of elections, to provide more clarity to the council and public.
Employees in the finance department, who have seen previous election invoices, share with this author, that costs have NEVER exceeded $300,000. Public records requests have been requested to ascertain the TRUE costs of running elections in the city of Inglewood.