The city has released voter registration histories for the three candidates for the District 3 council seat.
Lucious Smith, Brandon Lamar and Justin Jones vied for the seat previously held by John J. Kennedy until Kennedy’s death in July.
At a special meeting on Thursday, the city council is due to nominate one of the candidates for the seat. The appointee will occupy the seat until December, when the procedure will be relaunched.
Voters will decide who gets the seat in 2024.
According to reports, Jones registered to vote in August about a month after Kennedy’s death.
The information does not reveal how long the candidates lived in the area before registering to vote there.
Jones came under fire last week in a letter claiming he had only recently moved to the district.
“I bring this to your attention because not only do I want this process to be fair, but after being a resident of District 3 for over thirty years and raising a family here, I don’t want anyone representing me who just moved to the district just to run for office,” the letter read. “I don’t believe there’s any honor or reliability in that.”
According to the city charter, a candidate must be a resident of the district to stand for election. The charter has no minimum residency restrictions.
The document was posted online Wednesday after being requested by some members of the city council.
“At the request of at least two members of council, I have requested the Los Angeles County Registrar of Electors to provide voter registration and voting history for each of the candidates being considered for office. vacancy of City Council District 3,” City Clerk Mark Jomsky wrote in the document.
“This information [provided in alphabetical order] is now part of the public record for consideration by City Council, with this memo to be shared with candidates and posted online for the public.
Lamar registered to vote in the district in August 2021.
According to his voter registration record, he had previously registered to vote at 254 N. Lake Ave. Apt. 843. The address was later found to be invalid.
According to a Google search, the address goes back to a UPS store that has mailboxes.
The recording has been placed in a “deadly pending status” according to the document released Wednesday.
“Fatal Pending” means the voter registration record that has been marked by a county or state as invalid. Pending Fatals are not eligible to vote and they do not receive a sample ballot in the mail, polling location instructions, and their names do not appear in the electoral register for the precinct on polling day.
There are over 26,000 people with life-threatening status in Los Angeles County.
However, county and state officials mistakenly assign this qualification in some cases.
Smith, a longtime resident of District 3, registered to vote in the district in 1992 and registered to change his party affiliation in 2001.
It is not known which party he moved to.