The California Secretary of State's office rejected the first draft of a petition to recall Barstow's state Senator Roy Ashburn.


The reasons cited by the secretary's office in a letter sent Tuesday were primarily technicalities, including issues with wording and punctuation. The letter also noted that three of the 10 recall proponents listed on the petition could not be verified, and proponents did not give adequate proof that a notice of intention was published in a newspaper of general circulation.


Bakersfield businessman Michael Moore, who is spearheading the recall effort, has 10 days to submit a revised draft of the petition.


The recall proponents are targeting Ashburn largely because he was one of six Republicans in the state legislature who voted to pass a budget including large tax increases. In a statement responding to the recall effort, Ashburn said his vote was necessary in the face of the state's $42-billion shortfall.


A statement from the secretary's press office noted that it is not uncommon for first drafts of recall petitions to need revision.