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Recall Could Make Ballot Wednesday; Counties Under the Gun

Governor Davis isn´t the only one getting headaches from the Republican-led recall drive that could make the ballot Wednesday. The recall is also putting stress on California´s 58 counties.

The counties are in charge of counting the 1.6 million recall signatures, verifying them and reporting them to the secretary of state by Wednesday.

Some counties are canceling worker vacations, diverting employees from other divisions, hiring temporary workers and asking employees to do overtime. Looming budget cuts aren´t helping. Los Angeles County, for example, has doubled its counting staff from 30 to 60 workers by bringing in employees from other departments.

Scott Konopasek of the San Bernardino County voter registrar says “It´s an awful lot of work.”