Recall debate continues to rage

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BY JOSHUA WOLFSON

A federal appeals court's decision to block the recall election has sent shockwaves through the state and foothills communities are no exception.

Some area residents criticized Monday's ruling by a three-judge panel to put off the Oct. 7 recall election until six counties replace punch-card voting machines. Others argued the court was trying to ensure a fair election.

The recall of Gov. Gray Davis should go forward as originally scheduled, said Sonora resident Jon Larkins.

"I'd like to see what happens. I'd like to see what the people of California think," he said. "Let it happen. It might be a good thing."

East Sonora resident Frank Manning said he's not so sure of the court's reasoning for delaying the election.

"I don't know if I'm going to buy that or not," said Manning, who plans to vote for Republican candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger. "I think they ought to get on with it, get it done with."

Others were glad the election might be put off until the March 2 presidential primary.

"I think it is a technicality, but that is OK," Twain Harte resident Carol Rios said of the court's ruling.

Rios said she planned to vote against recalling Davis.

"I'd be fine if they skipped the whole thing because it is making California look silly," she said.

Copperopolis resident Dave Lander also applauded the delay.

"I'm glad the thing was postponed and I think (the recall) was a travesty in the first place," he said.

However, he said he doubted the punch-card ballots which caused massive trouble during the 2000 presidential election in Florida would have made a big difference in this one.

Angels Camp Mayor Debbie Ponte said there might be other obstacles, such as other lawsuits, on the road to the election.

"I don't hold my breath for any of it," she said. "Life goes on."

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