Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Michigan: Marion School Board member facing petitions

Board Member Linda Raymond  is facing a recall after claims of pension violations against the superintendent, though the petition claims that Raymond recorded a closed session of the board, in violation of the open meeting act. 

Idaho: Albion Mayor recall makes the November ballot

Mayor Sharon Hardy-Mills Wilmot will be facing a recall in November over claims that she "lacks knowledge to 'adequately' and 'fairly' run the city and that she bullied people.

Colorado: Pueblo students leading effort to recall school board following end of teacher strike

Petitioners handed signatures against school board president Barbera Clementi, VP Frank Latino and board member Robert Gonzales over  week long teachers strike. The student leading the recall effort was a supporter of the teachers' strike over a COLA increase. Petitioners need about 8000 signatures for each.

Michigan: Additional recalls sought in Isabella and Denver Township

Petitioners were filed against Isabella Supervisor Jeff Bean over the vote to create a township planning commission. Petitioners have also filed petitions against Denver Township Supervisor John Pedjac and Isabella Township Trustee Robert Walton. The Walton petitions were twice rejected due to clarity ground (petitioners were also complaining about a wind farm lease he signed).

Petitions must be in by August 3rd to get on the November ballot.

Missouri: Jolpin Councilman facing petitions

Councilman Phil Stinnett is facing a recall effort over a request for wage concessions for police and firefighters. The leader of the recall effort lost a city council race. Petitioners need 20% of the votes from the last regular election or about 6315 signatures.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

California: Interview with ousted State Senator Josh Newman

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California: Los Angeles Councilmember recall fails

The recall of Councilmember Mike Bonin has apparently failed, as the campaign director has gotten a new job and the social media accounts have gone quiet. The recall was over a "road diet" plan.

New Jersey: Mahwah Mayor recall gets enough signatures to be on the ballot

Mayor Bill Laforet will be facing a recall vote, as more than 5000 signatures were validated -- petitioners needed 4150 to get on the ballot.

The issue was Laforet's backing and then moving away from an ordinance which bans non-New Jersey residents from using township parks, as well as an anti-Eruv ordinance. Both of the laws are allegedly aimed at Orthodox Jews and the city has been accused of anti-semitism and discrimination. The state has filed civil rights suits against the town, and the Town Council effectively rescinded the ordinance.

Laforet has been the subject of two no-confidence votes in three years.

Massachusetts: Rockland Selectman facing recall threats over investigation into other officials' inappropriate behavior

Selectman Ed Kimball is facing recall threats from former selectman Mary A. Parsons over a complicated investigation. Selectman Deidre Hall has been accused of pressuring Town Administrator Allan Chiocca into sexual activities because she would be voting on his contract extension and salary increase (Hall has since resigned). The investigation substantiated the allegations, but Kimball called the investigation a sham.

Petitioners need 500 signatures to get through the first stage, than need 15% of registered voters signatures within 14 days.

California: Calaveras Supervisor recalls fails after signatures disallowed

The recall of Supervisor Dennis Mills failed due to invalid signatures. Petitioners handed in 2125 signatures, they needed 1555 and got 1462, a more than 31% failure rate. The issue was Mills vote in favor of shutting down Cannabis ventures.

California: Irvine Mayor, Councilmembers facing recall threats

Mayor Don Wagner and Councilmembers Melissa Fox and Christina Shea were hit with chants of a recall after delaying the building of a Veterans Cemetery.

Ohio: Huber Heights Councilwoman facing recall effort

Councilwoman Janell Smith is facing a recall effort over her opposition to the city's water pressure project. Petitioners need 15% of the total votes cast in the last gubernatorial election.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Michigan: Isabella and Denver Township Trustees facing petitions

Isabella Trustee Robert Walton is facing a second petition over a wind project -- the first was rejected on clarity grounds.

Denver Township Supervisor is facing a petition on a failure to push for a township planning commission, which is also being led by an opponent of the wind farm.

Michigan: Signatures handed in against Tecumseh School Board members

Signatures were handed in against School board Vice President Steven Linn, treasurer Kimberly Amstutz-Wild, Secretary Debbie-Johnson-Berges and member Jim Rice over violations of the Open Meetings Act as well as other complaints. Petitioners handed in somewhere between 1800-1900 signatures -- they need 1491 signatures for each.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Michigan: Leoni Township officials recall over medical marijuana fee structures makes the ballot

Petitioners handed in enough signatures to get a recall on the November 6 ballot against Supervisor Howard Linnabary (R) (1136), Clerk Michele Manke (D) (1166) and Treasurer Lori Stack (D) (1154) over medical marijuana applications. The  law provided an administrative fee go to the seven board members medical marijuana applications. Petitioners needed 984 signatures to get on the ballot.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Thursday, July 5, 2018

California: Signatures turned in against Dublin Councilman

Nearly 6300 signatures were turned in against Councilman Abe Gupta. Petitioners need about 5300 valids. Gupta is also running for reelection on the same day, so a recall loss and an election win would take him out of office for a few months. Petitioners claim the issue is about growth, though Gupta claims that the petitions are to help one of the other candidates on the general election ballot, Bobby Khullar. 

California: No signatures handed in against Calaveras Supervisor

No signatures were handed for the recalls of Supervisor Gary Tofanelli and Jack Garamendi. Petitioners needed 1396 and claims a lack of leadership and jumping the line to be chairman. Garamendi's recall was over cannabis issues.

Over 2000 signatures were turned in against Supervisor Dennis Mills. Petitioners need 1555. The issue was Mills vote in favor of shutting down commercial Cannabis ventures.

California: Moreno Valley Council recalls fail to hand in signatures

The recall effort against Councilwoman Victoria Baca and Councilman David Marquez have both failed with no signatures being handed in. Baca had lost her seat in 2014 due to a recall, but came back and won election in 2016.

Arizona: Ballot Initiatives over Senator John McCain Recall

Petitioners would need 632,683 signatures -- as well as what I would think is a very surprising court ruling -- to allow this to go forward.

California: Victorville Councilwoman facing recall effort

Councilwoman Blanca Gomez is facing a recall effort over her Facebook Live video of the open casket for Hesperia Mayor Russ Blewett as well as other videos such as a homeless shelter and a sanctuary city meeting. Petitioners would need 9404 signatures in 120 days.

Ohio: Sandusky City Commissioner facing recall effort

Commissioner Nikki Lloyd is facing a recall threat over her support for a smoking ban, though the article also notes issues with another councilmember who has been charged with sex-related offenses and has faced calls from Lloyd and others to resign.

Wisconsin: Dover Town Chairman face July 31 recall vote

Chairman Mario Lena is facing two candidates in a July 31 vote over claims of unprofessional conduct. If no one receives an absolute majority, then the top two face off on August 28.

The two candidates are former town supervisor Dean Larsen and current town supervisor Sam Stratton.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Oregon: Aumsville City Council facing July 3rd recall vote

Councilmembers Trinia Lee (457-343),  Lorie Walters (459-339) and Kevin Crawford (448-351) were all kicked out on a recall vote on Tuesday. The issue was the vote for a $12 per month increase in household utility bills, which was passed to hire another police officer.

There is no replacement vote, as the remaining councilmembers appoint the replacements.

Colorado River Indian Tribe holding replacement vote on July 17

Here -- this is following the ouster of the Chairman and another tribal member on April 28

Friday, June 29, 2018

California: Republican State Senator sworn in

Senator Ling Ling Chang (R) was sworn in to office following the recall loss of Senator Josh Newman (D). Newman defeated Chang in the 2016 election.

Colorado: Brush Councilwoman facing petitions

Councilwoman Jeanine Anderson  is facing a recall effort over her criticism of other members of the government and the police.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Arizona: Mohave County Supervisor recall effort fails

The effort to recall Supervisor Jean Bishop over her "socialist voting record" failed. Petitioners did not hand in signatures.

Colorado: Dolores School Board members recall gets the signatures

School Board President>Dee Prock and board member Vangi McCoy will be facing a recall after petitioners handed in a second set of signatures. They needed 445 each, they got 385 for Prock and 360 for McCoy. The recall is over claims that the school has dropped in rankings.

Wisconsin: Second to last Judge to lose a recall dies

Former Dane County Judge Archie Simonson, who held the long-time distinction of being the last judge to be removed in the US by recall (until this month), died at 93. He was removed following comments during a sexual assault hearing, where he complained about provocative female clothes.

Wisconsin: Dark Money Group behind Weld County Commissioner recall

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Wisconsin: Manchester Town Chairman facing July 17 recall vote

Chairman Scott Barton is facing a July 17 recall vote after petitioners handed in 124 valid signatures. They needed 79. The issue is claims that he is spending too much sand and diesel fuel and that he has behaved abusively towards the town clerk, who is the wife of the candidate he beat in 2017, Thomas Franks. Franks is one of the petitioners.

Colorado: Editorial asks if everyone in Weld County Commissioner recall needs a lawyer

The answer, after years of following the recall, is yes.

New Jersey: Petitioners handed in signatures against Mahwah Mayor

Petitioners handed in signatures against Mayor Bill Laforet --they need 4150 to get on the ballot. The issue was is opposition to an ordinance which bans non-New Jersey residents from using township parks, as well as an anti-Eruv ordinance. The law is allegedly aimed at Orthodox Jews from Rockland County in NY. The state has filed civil rights suits against the town, and the Town Council effectively rescinded the ordinance.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wisconsin: Signatures approved and Dover Town Chairman to face upcoming recall vote

Town Chairman Mario Lena will be facing a recall election over claims that is not conducting town meetings according to Robert's Rules of Order and other claims of unprofessional behavior. Lena accused past leaders of embezzlement and fraud. Petitioners handed in 460 signatures, they got 436 and needed 411 valids.

Town Supervisor Sam Stratton is looking to run as a replacement.

Texas: Groves Councilman recall makes the ballot

Petitioners have handed in enough signatures to get the recall against Councilman Cross Coburn on the ballot. The recall began after nude photos of him were sent to the media. Coburn is both 19 and openly gay. Coburn blames city government members for the leak of the pictures (the Mayor signed the recall petition). Petitioners handed in over 900 valid signatures in two stages. They needed 893.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Texas: Petitioners hand in more than 900 signatures in Groves Councilman recall

Councilman Cross Coburn has been facing a recall after nude photos of him were sent to the media. Coburn is both 19 and openly gay. The Mayor appears to support the recall effort and Coburn blamed city government members for the leak of the pictures.

Oregon: Aumsville City Council facing July 3rd recall vote

Councilmembers Trinia Lee, Lorie Walters and Kevin Crawford are facing recalls for approving a $12 per month increase in household utility bills, which was passed to hire another police officer.

Michigan: Macomb Township Trustee recall has led to ban on collecting signatures outside of truck show

They are looking to force a recall of indicted Trustee Dino Bucci. The volunteers were looking to collect signatures outside of a truck show held at a middle school and were banned by the sheriffs department.

Michigan: Britton Deerfield School Board members facing recall effort

Board Members Ben Allhouse, Yvonne Thomas, Brian Bartush and Doug Mayher Jr. are all facing recall efforts. The issue was the refusal to renew a contract for a high school principal and Open Meeting Act violations.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

California: Long Beach Council recall fails

The recall against Councilwoman Jeannie Pearce over a late-night drinking incident on the freeway has failed. Petitioners needed 6363 signatures. They handed in nearly 9500, but about half were rejected.

California: Alameda Councilmember facing recall

Council member Malia Vella is facing a recall petition over the dismissal of the City Manager. There are accusations that the City Manager was being pressured to hire a fire chief backed by the firefighters' union. The City Manager secretly recorded a conversation with Vella and another council member before approving a $900,000 compensation package for her.

Petitioners need 9421 signatures to get on the ballot.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Michigan: Williamston School Board Members facing recall over gender identity

School Board President Greg Talberg and members Sarah Belander, Nancy Deal and Christopher Lewis are facing petitions over their vote for a policy that requires schools to accept the gender identity assertion of each student. Petitioners are claiming that the issue is that the policy doesn't guarantee informing parents.

Petitioners need 1425 valid signatures by August 3 to get on the November ballot.

Ohio: Twinsburg Recall amendment proposed

A charter amendment is being proposed which would limit council recall votes to constituents who live in the district.

Michigan: Judge stops recall against Fraser "ex-mayor" who is no longer in office

The recall attempt against Ex-Mayor Joe Nichols who was kicked out by tribunal hearing in February but is appealing the ouster, was stopped by a judge over the fact that he is no longer in office.

Colorado: Weld County Commissioner facing recall effort

Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer is facing petitions over claims that of using her position for personal gain. Petitioners need 5767 signatures to get on the ballot.

Interestingly, Weld County Commissioner board has hired former Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler as the legal counsel in the matter.

California: Petition gathering against Dublin officials hits final days

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Texas; Groves Councilman recall needs additional signatures to get on ballot

The recall effort against Councilman Cross Coburn over the leaking of nude images needs additional signatures to get on the ballot. Petitioners handed in 917 signatures. They need 893. Petitions were returned for correction -- they have 10 days to cure.

California: Signatures validated in Alvord School Board Member recall

School Board Member Joseph Barragan lost his primary day recall., 438-222. Barragan faced the recall over claims that he insulted undocumented immigrants and other groups on a Facebook posts, though Barragan claims that it was from a phony account or created via Photoshop type program. Barragan argues that the teachers' union was attacking him.

He will be replaced by Lizeth Vega.

Michigan: Traverse City Mayor and Commissioner facing recall efforts

Mayor Jim Carruthers and Commissioner Richard Lewis are facing recall efforts over an increase in city property tax and a tax administration fee. Petitioners need 1515 signatures to get on the ballot.

Michigan: Constantine School Board Member facing hearing

School Board President John Shuler is facing a recall over accusations that he made inappropriate statements to constituents.

Texas: Plano City Councilman sues to remove recall from November ballot

Councilman Tom Harrison, who is facing a November recall vote over anti-Muslim social media posts, is suing to stop the recall effort.

Oregon: Oakridge Mayor resigns in face of recall effort

Mayor Jim Coey resigned following a recall push that began earlier this year. Coey was term-limited and out at the end of the year. The issue was a push to get the City Administrator to resign.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Arizona: Wickenburg Council members recall falls short, faces investigation

Petitions against Council members Kelly Blunt and Royce Kardinal have failed, with the Attorney General now conducting a criminal investigation into whether some of the signatures were fraudulent. Petitions needed 304 valids signatures. They handed in 317 signatures for Kardinal -- they got 271 for that one and 282 for Blunt.

Maine: Yarmouth voters approve recall law

The vote in favor was 1706-1058.

Wisconsin: Signatures handed in against Dover Town Chairman

Town Chairman Mario Lena is facing a recall election over claims that is not conducting town meetings according to Robert's Rules of Order and other claims of unprofessional behavior. Lena accused past leaders of embezzlement and fraud. Petitioners handed in 460 signatures, they got 436 and needed 411 valids.

Town Supervisor Sam Stratton is looking to run.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Kansas: Garden City Community College Board of Trustee members facing recall threats

A blow-up in a Community College has led to recall efforts against six trustees. Chair Steve Martinez, Vice Chair Terri Worf, Blake Wasinger, Merulyn Douglass and Jeff Crist. A separate recall has been started against Trustee Leonard Hitz. The petitions against the first five were rejected. The Hirtz one is still being considered.

The recall effort appears to have started with harassment, intimidation and bullying charges against the College President that has led to calls for his dismissal.

Hirtz is facing a recall effort following claims that he inappropriately touched students at a graduation ceremony. The petitions come after a video was anonymously mailed to trustees and local news outlets of the graduation showing Hitz on the line of trustees congratulating students.

The recall also appears to be about financial claims  and a "lack of respect for the college's processes."

Petitioners would need 1042 signatures to get on the ballot. One of the leaders of the petition is the CEO of American Warrior Cecil O'Brate, another is a former state Senator's wife and a third is the College's former PR and Marketing Director.

Update: The first group of petitions were rejected. We'll see whether the petitioners appeal.

Michigan: Macomb Township Trustee resigns from Zoning Board in face of recall effort

Trustee Dino Bucci, who is under indictment on bribery, extortion, money laundering and fraud charges and has not shown appeared at a trustee meeting since his November indictment, has resigned from a zoning board position. Petitions for his recall have been approved and are awaiting an appeal. Petitioners need 6846 signatures to get on the ballot.

Maine: Waterville Mayor, Councilman survive recall votes

Mayor Nick Isgro (R) (1563-1472) and Councilman John O'Donnell (D) (270-257) both narrowly survived recall votes on Tuesday.

The Isgro recall was over his twitter posts attacking Parkland school shooting survivors and criticism of an anti-sexual harassment bill. Isgro has since asked for an apology and reimbursement for the recall effort.

The O'Donnell recall was started due to the method of his selection (he was appointed to fill the seat), though some reports tied it to a strategy to ward off the Isgro recall.

Here's a look at Maine's use of the recall.

California: Del Norte Supervisors facing petitions led by former Chair of Cannabis Working Group

Supervisors Rodger Gitlin and Bob Berkowitz are facing recall efforts led by the former head of the Del Norte County Cannabis Working Group, so a good chance that it revolves around cannabis/marijuana regulation issues. Petitioners would need 25% of voters -- 580 for Gitlin, 756 for Berkowitz.

Michigan: Three Ross Township officials face petitions over medical marijuana zoning vote

Treasurer Cynthia Genung and Trustees Sidney Durham and Diana Langshaw are facing a recall attempt over their votes in favor of an ordinance that would allow medical marijuana processors and growers in an industrial district. Petitioners need 561 signatures to get on the ballot.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Michigan: Petition gathering started in Mayfield Township recall

Petitions have been approved for the recall effort against Supervisor Dianna Ireland over her vote to form an independent fire department. That plan has since been withdrawn. Petitioners need 670 signatures by August 3 to be on the general election ballot.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

California: State Senator Josh Newman reportedly losing recall run

Newman (D) has been behind all night, but so far, there hasn't been an official call.

California: Santa Clara Judge Aaron Persky reportedly defeated in recall race

It looks like Judge Aaron Persky will be the first judge to be removed by recall in the US since 1977, and the first one in California since 1932. Reports have him losing by close to 60%. Recall supporter Santa Clara Assistant DA Cindy Seeley Hendrickson appears to be the overwhelming choice to win the replacement race.

Monday, June 4, 2018

What to Expect When You're Expecting a Recall: Santa Clara Judicial Division

The recall of Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky is an historic one – the first in the country since 1982 and the first in California since Herbert Hoover was in office.  Persky is targeted over his sentencing of Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to a six month jail term for sexual assault.

Petitioners, led by Stanford University Professor Michele Dauber, handed in close to 95,000 signatures. The Registrar used a random sampling method and showed that the recall would make the ballot, so unlike many other recalls, there is no fully verified number of signatures.

The Persky recall is the first in the country against a judge since Wisconsin Judge William Reinecke in 1982 (he survived the vote). The last successful one was in 1977 (also in Wisconsin against Archie Simonson). Both of those were also directly related to sexual assault issues. Those two judges made disparaging comments about victims from the bench, leading to a firestorm of criticism.

 In 2016, there was a recall against a Wheeler County Judge, though that seemed to really be an executive position more than a judicial one. Nevada had an attempted recall of judge in 2015 that was thrown out and declared unconstitutional by the Nevada Supreme Court in 2017.

The last recalls of a Judge in California took place in 1932 against Los Angeles Superior Court Judges John L. Fleming, Dailey S. Stafford and Walter Guerin. All three were removed. There were only a few before then, notably one in 1913 that was over similar leniency in sex crimes. (Leniency in sex crimes is a common factor in many threatened recalls of judges -- here's one in Orange County and another in Montana).

Note that there are many retention elections that are incorrectly described as recalls -- most notably California Supreme Court Chief Justice Rose Bird, Cruz Reynoso and Joseph Grodin in 1986 and three Supreme Court members in Iowa.
History of the recall against Judges

Using the recall against a judge has always been controversial. California's recall law almost floundered over this issue back in 1911. Though the California courts were seen as in the tight grip of the "octopus" grip of the Southern Pacific (the powerful institution that was seen as the most important political and economic player in the state), many legislators were opposed to putting judges under the recall law. News accounts of the day suggested that the legislator were seriously considering exempting judges for the recall law, but  a late-breaking state Supreme Court scandal, where the court ordered a rehearing of the sentences of the political leaders in a scandal in San Francisco (with one of the judge's signing the decision without considering the filed briefs) turned the tide.

On the national level, President William Howard Taft vetoed the Arizona constitution over a recall of judges’ provision and the recall of judges and something called the recall of judicial decisions (an idea that seems to have died by 1930) was one of the key flash points in the Taft- Theodore Roosevelt split in 1912.

As it is, six states appear to carve out an exemption for judges in their recall law.

Also, just to define our terms: I call this subject the recall of a judge, rather than judicial recall. In the history and the literature the term Judicial Recall refers to something totally different (what I call the malfeasance standard or for cause recalls). A judicial recall occurs in states and jurisdictions where a judge is required to rule on whether a recall meets a specific standard to get on the ballot. Essentially, the official has to have violated the law or shown demonstrable incompetence for the recall to be placed on the ballot. It has nothing to do with removing judges. I keep this divide up so as not to confuse people who may be conversant or studying the literature. T

In addition to getting all those signatures, petitioners overcame California’s
grace period. California law does not allow a recall in the last six months of a term unless the official is appointed or in the first three months of a new term. Persky won reelection in November 2016 and petitioners had to wait out a delay before they were allowed to begin gathering signatures.

How the Recall Works:

California’s recall is what I call a two-step/same-day recall vote -- voters cast one ballot which has two parts: step one is the question (not using the literal language) of "Should this official be recalled?" and step two is "Who should be named as a replacement?" The only state that mimics this exact process is Colorado.

Under California law, Persky cannot run in the replacement race. There are two candidates who are running as replacements: Santa Clara Assistant District Attorney Cindy Seeley Hendrickson (who has the endorsement of Dauber) and attorney Angela Storey, who opposed the recall.

What to Expect When You're Expecting a Recall: California State Senate edition

June 5 is set to be a big day, thanks to two very notable recalls taking place in California.
  • State Senator Josh Newman (D) is facing a legislative recall, the first in the state in almost a decade and the first anywhere in the country since 2013.
  • Santa Clara Judge Aaron Persky is facing a recall vote. Persky is the first full-time judge anywhere in the country since 1982. If he is removed, he will be the first to be kicked out by recall since 1977. In California, no judge has faced a recall since the days of Herbert Hoover in 1932. 

Let’s look at Newman in this post and Persky in the next.

Newman will be the 39th state legislator to face a recall vote since 1913. He is the ninth California legislator on that list and the first since then-state Senator Jeff Denham in 2008 (in a similar situation).

The last state legislative recalls in the country took place in Colorado in 2013, where two Democratic state Senators, Senate President John Morse and Angela Giron, were removed over their support for gun control legislation. The Newman recall is ostensibly over his vote in favor of a gas tax, but there is a very clear political/legislative strategy focus to the recall, of a type that we’ve seen many times in the past. Newman’s district is one of the closest contested ones in the state, and Newman won office by less than 2500 votes.

If Newman is ousted and replaced by a Republican, the Republicans will then prevent the Democrats from retaining a two-thirds majority in the Senate.

 Political Recalls:

Whatever the issues surrounding the gas tax, the Newman recall appears to have been launched over an attempt to deprive the Democrats of a two-third majority in both houses.

In the past, there have been multiple attempts to use the recall to “flip the chamber” – including the historic California recall battles of 1995. In 2008, the Democratic leadership tried to recall Senator Denham in order to gain the 2/3rds majority – they failed, as Denham easily won the office and then went on to win a Congressional seat.

There were also attempts to recall three state Senators in Nevada this year (two Democrats, one-Independent). One failed to get enough signatures, the others failed following the handing in of signatures.

The Recall Explosion:

Recalls generally result in removal – from 2011-2017, close to 60% of recalls that get to the ballot result in the official losing the vote (plus many others result in resignation before a vote. State legislative recalls are much closer to 50-50, the success breakdown is 20-18 in favor of removals -- but Wisconsin really skews the numbers. In 2012-2013, 13 legislators faced recalls and only three were removed (I count this resignation in the survived a recall column, as the Republicans easily retained the seat).

The vast majority of legislative recalls have taken place in recent years -- only five took place before 1971, and 21 will have taken place since 2003 (plus two of the four gubernatorial -- if we count Arizona's Evan Meacham in 1988-- recalls to get to the ballot took place in that time).

What explains the explosion? Many cite increased partisanship. I am skeptical of that explanation, and have argued that technological innovations (and possibly a drop in voter turnout and registration) are really responsible for the lion's share of the growth.

Other States:
18 states have the recall for state level officials (plus Illinois has it just for governors and Virginia has something called a recall trial). Of those 18 states, 9 have held state-level office recalls. There is a very significant breakdown between those states. 11 of the states have a political recall (an official can be recalled for any reason); 7 have a judicial recall or malfeasance standard (the official must have violated one of a specified list of causes, such as being indicted).

Of the nine states that have held state level recalls, eight of them have been political recall states (California, Wisconsin, Michigan, Oregon, Arizona, Idaho, North Dakota, Colorado). The only recall on the state level in a malfeasance standard state was in Washington in 1981 (the malfeasance was switching parties -- the official survived).

Give me Two Steps:

California’s recall is what I call a two-step/same-day recall vote -- voters cast one ballot which has two parts: step one is the question (not using the literal language) of "Should this official be recalled?" and step two is "Who should be named as a replacement?" The only state that has this exact process is Colorado. There are six candidates running the replacement race. Newman is not allowed to run to replace himself.

In Colorado in 2013, the hybrid process was received significant attention for two reasons. One is the question of whether the recall itself (the first vote) is actually an election or an issue campaign. There is a difference in how money may be spent by parties if it is an issue campaign. The second point, which two courts have ruled on was the question of whether you could be barred from voting in the replacement race if you don’t vote on the recall question. This same question came up in California in 2003. The Ninth Circuit ruled this provision unconstitutional (under the 1st and 14th Amendments). In a 5-2 decision, the Colorado Supreme Court apparently followed the same logic.

Party Line -- Is one party more likely to use recalls?
I constantly get asked about the party breakdowns of the recall. Most of the recalls are on the local level, where the position is elected on a nonpartisan basis. When there is a partisan position, the party label is frequently a misleading method to judge recall use, as many are not based on D v. R partisan motivations. Sometimes Republicans recall Republicans, and Democrats recall Democrats.

However, you would see both parties are not shy about using recalls (for example of the 14 state legislative recalls from 1981-2008, most were launched against Democrats, and ethics played very little role in those recalls). Democrats have launched the majority of the recalls in 2012-13 on the state level, which makes sense as the lost power in 2010.

Republicans or their backers have not been shy about using the recall for partisan gain (for example, Michigan, 1983, California, 1994, 1995 and 2003, Colorado in 2013). Same thing with Democrats (Wisconsin in 2011-12, 2008 California). So, which party is most likely to launch a recall? Simple -- the one that is not in office.

Blowouts v. Barnburners:
I wouldn't expect a blowout, but throughout history recalls have tended that way. Here's a look at some of the history of blowouts  and some close races.

Man is opposed to fair play, he wants it all, and he wants it his way: The inevitable post-recall reform act

We have heard, and will continue to hear complaints about the unfair use of the recall. But these complaints can generally be dismissed out of hand. Why? There have been a number of principled opponents of the recall. Alexander Hamilton and William Howard Taft lead the pack in US history with their great dislike for the recall. Among modern commentators, the only one that I can think of is George Will. But they are few and far between.

Similarly, after major recalls, the first action by the recall opponents is to propose a reform to the law. Wisconsin  has tried to do it. In 2011, Arizona tried to add a recall primary and other changes, and put a law on the books mandating strict construction of the law. Michigan actually changed its law following the successful Paul Scott recall in 2011 and has probably cut down on the amount of recalls in the state (as well as removed the replacement race for Governor). Others have done same after a recall loss.

In this case, the Democrats made these changes before the recall. They passed a law that allowed petition-signers to remove their name from petitions (a law that had an immediate impact in another race) as well as change the contribution limits so that Newman’s colleagues in the state Senate could help him in the race. Both of these provisions have been tied up in the courts, though it has allowed the recall of Newman to be delayed until primary day (which my eventually to be published statistics suggests may not matter). The law also requires the Board of Elections to estimate the costs of the recall.

These changes rarely involve going to the voters (I know of one example on the local level of such a change being passed by voters). Polls keep showing complaints about the recall, but they are not borne out by the results. In Wisconsin, one poll showed 70% of the voters opposed to the recall (60% wanted it used for corruption/malfeasance only; 10% thought it should never be used). Yet, despite that about 47% of the voters cast a ballot to toss Walker out.

We had a similar poll in Colorado, where almost 60% of voters opposed the use of the recall against Morse and Giron. The breakdown of the polls were very illuminating -- Republicans were much more in favor (62% for Morse; 47% for anyone for political reasons) of the recall than Democrats. The reality is that support or opposition to the recall depends heavily on whether it is an official from your favored party facing the voters.

Most of the people who complain about the recall are just really complaining about the recall being used against their side. In the past, Scott Walker signed petitions seeking policy-focused recalls. Bill Clinton was certainly not supporting the Gray Davis recall.

You want to know if somebody has a principled position on the recall? Look back at their positions on both the Gray Davis and Scott Walker ones. See if there is any consistency. What you will likely find is that the person just didn't want their candidate to lose, and they're hoping you either agree or just don't look into it.

Recall Survivors: Risin' up, straight to the top?
Surviving a recall can boost a career. Scott Walker survived and is now a major national figure, even with an early flame-out in his presidential attempt in 2016. Dianne Feinstein won the San Francisco Mayoral recall against her in 1983. By 1984 she was being *talked about for the VP and was the US Senator by 1992. Jeff Denham is now in Congress. Also, for what it's worth, filmmaker Michael Moore survived a recall before his career took off.

How a Resurrection Really Feels
Is a recall loss the end of a career? Not always. The most obvious example is North Dakota Governor Lynn Frazier was the first Governor to be recalled back in 1921. He was elected to the first of the three US Senate terms 18 months later. Seattle Mayor Hiram Gill lost a recall in 1914 and was back in office the following term.

No future, no future for you?
Another big question that I'm constantly asked: Will we see a cycle of recall revenge? I remember similar questions after Gray Davis was recalled, and in fact this has been a constant warning cry of recall opponents since the recall was first adopted over a century ago. Recalls are clearly a part of political life, but as can be seen by the nearly five year hiatus from state legislature, they can wax and wane. The Recall is truly the Bermuda Triangle of politics.

Louisiana: Governor signs recall law easing signature gathering requirements

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Michigan: Calumet Trustee facing a petition over marijuana law vote

Petitions to recall Trustee Virginia Dwyer has been approved. Petitioners need 18 signatures. The issue is a vote over opting-in to the state's marijuana law/

Friday, June 1, 2018

Texas: Petitions being counted in Groves Councilman recall

Signatures are being still being counted in the recall against Councilman Cross Coburn, following the anonymous release of photos of him, including one that has male nudity (Coburn is openly gay). Petitioners needs 893 valid signatures.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Nevada: Recall proponents appeal court ruling stopping state Senate recalls

Petitioners are appealing the question of whether signatures can be removed. Petitioners handed in enough signatures to recall Senator Nicole Cannizzaro (D) and Senator Joyce Woodhouse (D), but the signature withdrawals took them below the needed amount.

Oregon: Port of Brookings Harbor Commissioners recall set for May 29

Commissioners Angi Christian (2156-1033) and Jan Barbas (2171-1015) were both kicked out on in the May 29 recall. The recall was over the firing of the Port Manager has been set for May 29.

Commissioners Roger Thompson and Andy Martin both resigned after the petitions were handed in.

California: Santa Clara County Judge poll shows numbers drop in recall support, but removal still leading

A Survey USA poll shows 49%-36% in favor of the recall, down from 56% in favor in March.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Massachusetts: No replacement race for Scarborough Board of Education members

The board has rejected trying to fill the seats of recalled members Donna Beeley, Cari Lyford and Jodi Shea were removed from. The board will wait for the election to fill in November.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

California: Oxnard Mayor facing attorney fees over ballot statement during recall

Mayor Tim Flynn, who survived a recall vote in May over wastewater rates, was ordered to pay $9055 in attorney fees after a court forced changes to the voter guide (the question was over the language of the city's finances).

Colorado: Pueblo students leading effort to recall school board following end of teacher strike

School board president Barbera Clementi, VP Frank Latino and board member Robert Gonzales are facing recall threats following the end of a week long teachers strike. The student leading the recall effort was a supporter of the teachers' strike. Petitioners need about 23000 signatures for each.

Colorado: Dolores School Board members recall has 15 days to hand in additional signatures

The first set of petitions were handed in against School Board President Dee Prock and board member Vangi McCoy. The recall is over claims that the school has dropped in rankings.

Petitioners need 335 each. They handed in 396 against Prock and got 245 valids. 387 were handed in against McCoy; 213 were valid. Petitioners do have 15 days to add to the number.

California: Five Sativa Water District Board Members face petitions

Board members Luis Landeros, Juan Aguilar, Christina Casillas, Lucia Casterllon and Roxsana Zepeda are facing recalls over complaints about the water quality, as well as financial transparency, nepotism and favoritism issues.

Washington: Seattle Councilmember facing signatures

Councilmember Mike O'Brien is facing petitions over his vote on a tax. Petitioners claim to need 7658 signatures, though they also need to meet the malfeasance standard to get the recall on the ballot.

California: ASUCD Student Body members facing recall efforts

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Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Tribal Councilmember facing upcoming recall

Councilmember Roderick Bell is facing an upcoming recall after petitioners handed in 358 signatures. They needed 318.

Maine: Recall against Waterville Councilor dropped

The recall effort against Councilor Jackie Dupont (D) has been abandoned. The recall seemed to be a counter-attack by Mayor Nick Isgro's (R) supporters against the recall he is facing. Councilor John O'Donnell (D) is also facing a recall.

Here's some more detail on Maine recalls.

Colorado: La Plata County Commissioner recall fails by 36 signatures

The recall effort against Commissioner Gwen Lachelt (D) failed by 36 signatures. Petitioners handed in a total of 8653 signatures and needed 7505.  The recall was over Lachelt's support for environmental initiatives.  About $50,000 was spent fighting the recall effort by Lachelt's supporters.

Wisconsin: Trempealeau County District Attorney facing recall threat

District Attorney Taavi McMahon is facing a recall threat after suspending an employee for refusing to attend the Jackson County DA's funeral as well as claims of prosecutorial failures. One of the lead petitioners is the Osseo Police Department Chief. Petitioners need more than 2682 signatures to get on the ballot.

Michigan: Edwards Township Clerk recall rejected at clarity hearing

The recall against Clerk Dennis Stephens was rejected for clarity reasons. The reasons were over a contract and alleged mistreatment of a trustee.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Colorado: Englewood Councilwoman facing recall effort

Councilmember Laurett Barrentine is facing a recall effort led by two former mayors over claims of bullying and threats to fire city employees. Petitioners need more than 350 valid signatures. .

California: Palo Verde school board recall effort fails

Petitioners failed to turn in signatures against School Board Members Gloria Hauff and Mark Trigueiro, Lorraine Cleek, Natalie Coelho and Chris De Azevedo.

California: Montebello Mayor, Councilman facing recall efforts

Mayor Vanessa Delgado and Councilman Jack Hadjinian are facing the fourth attempt to get recall petitions approved. The issue was their votes to allow marijuana businesses to open and a $4.2 million city deficit. Petitioners would need about 6000 signatures.

Michigan: Macomb Township Trustee facing recall petitions has not attended meeting since November 8

Trustee Dino Bucci, who is facing a recall effort following his indictment on federal corruption charges, stopped attending Trustee meetings since November 8.

Utah: Moab recall effort moving forward, though likely to be disallowed under state law

There is a recall effort against Grand County Council Vice-Chair Curtis Wells over Wells' push for a bill that calls for a change in the Grand County form of government. However, since Utah does not have a recall law, it would seem like a moot point.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

California: Poll shows double-digit support for Santa Clara Judge recall

The recall of Judge Aaron Persky is leading in the polls, with 46% saying they will vote in favor of removal and 33% opposing the recall. The poll was conducted by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Bay Area News Group. A previous robopoll had the recall leading 56% in favor.

North Carolina: Editorial endorses Fayetteville change to council terms, but calls for adoption of recall as well

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Michigan: Petitions approved for Leavitt Township Treasurer recall

Treasurer David Kruppe is facing a petition over a move to dissolve the Walkerville Fire and Rescue. Petitioners need 50 signatures by August 3 to get on the November ballot.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

North Dakota: No contender has filed to run in Richland School Board member

School President Lisa Amundson and members Sarah Myers and Josh Mjoness are facing an August recall over allegations of sexual assault and hazing in the schools. However, no candidate agreed to run against them yet.

Michigan: Macomb Township Trustee recall petitions approved

Petitions against Trustee Dino Bucci were approved by the Election Commission following his indictment, though the recall language is over his vote for a salary increase for a deputy supervisor and failing to attend trustee meetings. Petitioners need about 6900 signatures.

Michigan: Saginaw School Board Trustees deny involvement in recall efforts against other board members

Two school board members, Joyce Seals and Ruth Ann Knapp, have denied they were involved in the recall effort against Mattie Thompson and Kim Hamilton.

Update: Petitions were approved on the third try.

California: Long Beach Councilwoman facing recall looked at for improper use of public resources

The recall against Councilwoman Jeannie Pearce seems to have gotten enough signatures on the ballot. Petitioners handed in 9462 signatures, they needed 6363 (no word yet on how many were valid. The recall was over an incident with a former chief of staff who she was having an affair with has. Pearce's is also facing claims that an email sent by one of her communications officials may be an improper use of public resources.

Louisiana: Senate passes bill designed to ease recall law

The vote was 31-1. Here's early coverage of the bill

Colorado: Recalled Sedgwick County Sheriff found not guilty of most serious charge

In an update to an old recall, Sedgwick County Sheriff Tom Hanna, who was removed in 2016, was found not guilty of sexual assault charges filed by a developmentally delayed inmate, was found not guilty of the most serious charge against him.

California: Palo Alto Weekly editorial in favor of recall of Santa Clara Judge

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Maine: Three Scarborough School Board members kicked out in recall vote

Board members Donna Beeley (3086-1496), Jodi Shea (3047-1535) and Cari Lynford (3040-1550) have been removed after a recall over the resignation of a principal, school start times changes, a proficiency-based education model and transparency issues.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Michigan: Arcadia Township Trustees survive recall vote

Trustees Michael Cederholm (222-102 over Tom Wass) and Greg Wisner (169-154 over Patrick Manke) survived a recall vote over their vote for a forensic audit and a formal reprimand of the township treasurer for a "police report she filed tp investigate payroll irregularities at the township marina."

Michigan: Wayne Councilman ousted in recall vote

Councilman Chris Sanders was kicked out over his vote to move elections to even numbered years and extend their terms as well as a vote against selling a Banquet Center. Sanders was ousted 870-335 and will be replaced by an existing at-large councilman, Jeremiah Webster (no word on who replaces Webster).

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Michigan: Two petitions against Fairbanks and Garden Township Supervisors approved; two rejected

Petitioners against Fairbanks Township Clerk Kathryn Denholm and Garden Township Supervisor Morgan Tatrow were approved, while petitions against Fairbanks Township Supervisor Ronald Collins and Trustee James Dalgord were rejected. The Denholm petition needs 39 signatures and the Tatrow one needs 101. The issue has to do with the construction of right-of-way electric lines.

Update: Petitions against Collins and Dalgord have since been accepted.

Michigan: Kalkaska Village President kicked out

President Jeff Sieting was removed due to his anti-Muslim, transgenders and Black Lives Matters social media posts. Seiting lost to Harley J. Wales, 326-215.

California: La Habra Mayor facing petitions over proposal to build houses on golf club

Mayor Tim Shaw is facing a recall effort over a proposal to build homes on a golf course. Petitioners would need somewhere near 4901 signatures.

Michigan: Language against Saginaw school board members rejected by Election Commission

The petitions filed against Board Treasurer Mattie Thompson and Secretary Kim "Tody" Hamilton was rejected for language/clarity issues. The recall is over a vote to rescind an extension for the superintendent. 

Maine: Third Waterville official facing petitions

Councilor Jackie DuPoint (D) is the third official to face a recall effort, following Mayor Nick Isgro (R) and John O'Donnell (D).

The leaders of the recall effort are not DuPont's constituents, but they can take out petitions. DuPont is facing re-election in November, so the impact would be minimal at best. One of the leaders of the recall effort ran a failed race for Mayor in 2011 as a Republican and is a supporter of the Mayor.

Presumably, the recall may have more to do with a strategy of impacting the recall effort against the mayor (there is a claim that DuPont should have stopped people from knocking on doors looking for signatures). Petitioners would need 101 signatures by May 29, though the recall could not be on the June 12 ballot.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Maine: Waterville Mayor recall signatures verified; Possible June 12 election date

Petitioners seem to have met the signatures requirement in the recall against Mayor Nick Isgro (R). Petitioners handed in 1033 signatures, 887 were certified. Isgro is allegedly being targeted for twitter posts attacking the Parkland school shooting survivors as well as his attacks on a anti-sexual harassment bill and public education.

Councilor John O'Donnell (D) is also facing a recall on primary day, June 12.

California: In-depth look at attempt to recall Long Beach Councilwoman

Here's an in-depth look at the effort to recall Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce, who was found on the side of a freeway with her former Chief of Staff in an alleged domestic violence incident  in June.

The article focuses on changes in Long Beach and Pearce's support from the hotel workers unions. The recall effort has received $180,000 from developers and hoteliers.

Petitioners would need 6463 signatures by May 9th to get on the ballot.

Florida: Madeira Beach Commissioner accused of sexual harassment

Commissioner Nancy Oakley is accused of licking the face of the former City Manager. The attempt to recall Oakley was tossed out by a judge in April.

California: Beaumont Mayor and Mayor Pro-tem facing recall efforts

Mayor Nancy Caroll and Mayor Pro-tem Julio Martinez are facing recall effort over a variety of claims, including "misuse/embezzlement of $400 million." Petitioner is also threatening to recall three other councilmembers who face a reelection in November.

The article notes that the petitioner moved to Beaumont in January 2018.

Colorado: Petitioners handed in 2168 more signatures against La Plata County Commissioner

The petitioners looking to recall Commissioner Gwen Lachelt have turned in 2168 signatures. They need 2030 to be verified. In April, the petitioners handed in 6485 signatures, of which 5475 were validated. They had 15 days to collect more. They need 7505 total. The issue was Lachelt's environmental policy.

Massachusetts: Randolph town councilor facing recall following meth arrest

Councilor James Burgess is facing a recall threat following his arrest for possession of methamphetamine (and conspiracy to distribute). He missed two council meetings, but has since returned to regular duty.

Burgess argues that the meth was a former tenant's and he was arrested after the police came to serve the tenant. Two of the leaders of the campaign lost races.

Petitioners need to have almost 5000 signatures by late July (20% of registereds). If he resigns, the person who came in second the last election replaces him.

The petitioners claim that there were 29 recall efforts in Massachusetts over the last decade, with 27 removals and five resignations.

Update: There's a call for an ethics investigation.

Michigan: Williamston School Board recall thrown out by judge

A judge has tossed out a recall effort against Board President Greg Talberg and members Nancy Deal, Sarah Relanger and Christopher Lewis over their vote extending non-discrimination protection to transgender students. The election commission had previously accepted the recall language 2-1, but the judge (in another county -- numerous judges recused themselves) ruled that the language of the petition was designed to mislead or confuse. It did take the petitioner four attempts to have the language of his petition approved by the election commission. No word on an appeal or another attempt.

Oregon: Port of Brookings Harbor Commissioners recall set for May 29

The recalls of Commissioners Angi Christian and Jan Barbas over the firing of the Port Manager has been set for May 29. Commissioners Roger Thompson and Andy Martin both resigned after the petitions were handed in.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

California: More on Santa Clara judge recall

Here's an op-ed I wrote for American Lawyer Litigation Daily and an AP article on some of the recent developments.

Massachusetts: Barkstable County discussing adopting recall law

The recall provision would target County Commissioners (who serve four year terms).

Michigan: Branch County Prosecutor recall fails

The recall effort against Prosecutor Ralph Kimble over accusations of sexual harassment and a investigation by the State AG and State Police failed. Petitioners needed more than 2800 valid signatures; it sounds like none were handed in.

Michigan: Cedar Springs School Board members petition approved

Board President Heidi Reed, VP Matt Shoffner and Treasurer Shannon Vanderhyde are all facing petitions after failing to let someone talk at a board meeting in March. Petitioners need 2356 signatures.

Update: Petitioners suspended the effort

California: Georgetown Divide Public Utility District recall fails

Attempts to recall Board members Dane Wadle (1827), Jesse Hanschild (1735), Lon Uso (1787 and David Halpin (1753) all failed. Petitioners needed to get 1858 signatures to get on the ballot. The issue was a rate increase for water.

Michigan: Three London Township officials facing petitions

Supervisor Gary Taepke, Clerk Larry Lee and Trustee Richard Horn are facing recalls for their support of a medical marijuana ordinance as well as the enforcement of other ordinances in the area. Petitioners would need 225 signatures to get on the ballot.

Update: First version of petitions were rejected.

Michigan: Roscommon Village President recall takes place on May 8

President Dan Fishel is facing a vote on May 8 over an effort to dismantle the Roscommon Downtown Development Authority

Michigan: Forgery Conviction against recall petitioner in Benton Harbor tossed out by Supreme Court

The conviction of Edward Pinkney for forging petition signatures was tossed out by the state Supreme Court in what they called an unusual decision. Pinkney was not properly charged. The recall was an attempt against Mayor James Hightower.

Oregon: Two Clatskanie School Board loses recall vote

School Board member Judy Skrivin and Monty Akin's lost their board set over a vote to not renew an elementary school principal. The votes was between 74-80% against Skirvin and 64-77% for Akin. Turnout was under 40% (and under 34% in a second county).

Board member Walt Lovegren resigned rather than face the vote.

Maine: Waterville Councilor on the June 12 ballot

The recall for newly appointed Councilor John O'Donnell (D) is set for June 12.

Petitioners handed in more than 857 signatures in the recall against Mayor Nick Isgro (R), of which 784 have been verified so far. They need 857 to get on the ballot. Isgro is allegedly being targeted for twitter posts attacking the Parkland school shooting survivors as well as his attacks on a anti-sexual harassment bill and public education.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Colorado:Signatures handed in for recall of Dolores School Board members

Signatures were handed in for the recall of School President Dee Prock and board member Vangi McCoy over a purported decline in student performance. Petitioners need 335 signatures to get on the ballot.

New Mexico: Petitions filed against three Los Alamos Council members, with a fourth on the way

Petitioners were filed against County Councilors Susan O'Leary, Antonio Maggiore and Rick Reiss, and will soon be filed against Councilor Christine Chandler. These four petitions joining an effort to recall County Council Chair David Izraelevitz (which was dismissed by a judge). All of the recalls were filed by Greg White, who is running for County Sheriff, claiming 31 counts of wrongdoing -- New Mexico is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state so the petitioner would need to meet a legal standard to get the recall on the ballot.

White claims a number of actions including that they are usurping the power of the executive power of the sheriff and that they are advocating the overthrow of the the State of New Mexico.

Maine: Yarmouth voters to decide on recall law

The council voted to put a recall on the June 12 ballot. Petitioners would need 20% of the registered voters to get a recall on the ballot and the councilor can run in the replacement race.

California: Oxnard Mayor and 3 council members survive recall vote

Mayor Tim Flynn and council members Carmen Ramirez, Bert Perello and Oscar Madrigal all appear to have survived a recall vote over a 5% raise in wastewater rates. So far the votes are between 41-46% in favor of the recall, with 3000 ballots left to count.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Colorado: A look at Colorado Constitution's 15 day period to add signatures

The recall of La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt has put the spotlight on a specific Colorado recall provision which allows calls on county clerk to validate the signatures in a recall effort and then gives petition gatherers 15 days to get additional signatures if the original recall petition failed to get enough signers.

Here's the relevant statute as cited in this editorial opposing the 15 days:
Article 21 of the Colorado Constitution approved in 1912 allows for the recall of public officials. According to Colorado Revised Statutes § 1-12-108(8)(c)(I), Parker was required by law, with no more than fifteen business days after the initial petition filing, to notify the recall committee and the incumbent of the number of valid signatures received and whether the petition appeared to be sufficient or insufficient.

Colorado River Indian Tribe Chairman and Council and one council member lose recall vote, other members survive

Chairman Dennis Patch lost his recall vote 469-467 and council member Valerie Welsh Tahbo lost 495-441 over the issue of water allotment.

Keith Moses 442-468; Granthum Stevens 450-483; Johnny Hill Jr, 403-535; Bobby Page 358-575; Amelia Flores 334-586; Herman Laffon 415-490 and Johnson Fisher 365-565 all survived their recall votes.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Maine: Waterville Councilor recall gets the signatures

Petitioners handed in enough signatures to get the recall of newly appointed Councilor John O'Donnell (D) on the ballot. O'Donnell is a former council member who was appointed to fill a vacancy and one of the other candidates, Libertarian Jay Coelho, pushed for the recall. The recall may be scheduled for the June 12 ballot.

Mayor Nick Isgro (R) is also facing a recall effort over a tweet criticizing survivors of the Parkland School shooting. Petitioners need 857 signatures to get Isgro's recall on the ballot. The O'Donnell recall is thought to be a"fight fire with fire" attempt to ward off the Isgro recall.

Philippines: Supreme Court grants temporary restraining order stopping recall of Cabadbaran City Mayor

The recall of Mayor Katrina Marie Mortola has been halted by a TRO.

Michigan: Fourth Juniata Township official facing recall threats

Township Trustee Elaine Schunn is facing a recall petition of a wind farm easement. Three other members of the Juniata board are also facing petitions.

Nigeria: Advocacy Group creates guide to recall process

Here


Wisconsin: Dover Town Chairman facing recall vote

Town Chairman Mario Lena is facing a recall petition over claims that is not conducting town meetings according to Robert's Rules of Order and other claims of unprofessional behavior. Lena accused past leaders of embezzlement and fraud. 

Petitioners need 411 signatures to get on the ballot.

Ohio: Newton Falls village to vote on recall law

Newton Falls is voting on May 8 to tighten its recall laws. The change would raise the petition requirement from 15% to 51% of registered voters to get the recall on the ballot.

Nigeria: Recall of Kogi West Senator fails

Senator Dino Melaye has survived a recall vote -- only five percent of voters turned out. They needed a 51% majority to succeed. Here's a BBC story on the "many scandals" of Dino Melaye.

Wisconsin: Fitchburg Mayor recall fails

The attempted recall of Mayor Jason Gonzalez over the removal of grants to the Boys & Girls Club failed with no signatures handed in. The leader of the recall was recently jailed for a parole violation.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Colorado: Ontario City council members and Treasure Valley Community College board members facing recall threats

The County Clerk wants to set aside money for a possible recall race, though there is no word on why the recall is threatened.

Michigan: Two Saginaw School Board facing petitions

Treasurer Mattie Thompson and Secretary Kim "Today" Hamilton are facing petitions over their vote to not renew a Superintendent's contract. 3415 signatures are needed.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

California: Pico Rivera City Council recall attempt going forward

The recall attempt against Council member Gregory Salcido has been approved. Petitioners need 6386 signatures. Salcido has been under attack after he was fired from his high school teaching job for criticizing military members.

Maine: Recall against three Scarborough School Board members scheduled for May 8

The recall election against board members Donna Beeley, Jodi Shea and Cari Lynford has been scheduled for May 8. The fight is over the resignation of a principal, school start times changes, a proficiency-based education model and transparency issues.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Michigan: Tecumseh School Board members facing recall effort

School board Vice President Steven Linn, treasurer Kimberly Amstutz-Wild, Secretary Debbie-Johnson-Berges and member Jim Rice over violations of the Open Meetings Act as well as other complaints. Petitioners would need 1491 signatures for each.

Update: The language of the petition has been approved.

California: San Dieguito Union School District Board member facing petitions

Board member Joyce Dalessandro is facing a recall effort over a list of complaints (though she claims to have fought for many of the items). Dalessandro has been on the board for 22 years.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Michigan: New petitions filed against Muskegon County Drain Commissioner

Petitioners have revised a petition against Commissioner Brenda Moore following its factual/clarity rejection by the Election Commission. The issue is a her approval of a $2 million + tax assessment. Apparently, because the Election Commission failed to meet in a timely manner, the petition has been approved.

Wisconsin: Dover Town Chairman facing recall threats

Town Chairman Mario Lena is facing recall threats, including an add in the paper, after he accused past leaders of embezzlement and fraud.

Philippines: San Juan Mayor looks for temporary restraining order against recall petition

Mayor Guia Gomez is trying to stop a recall in the Supreme Court after 30,000 signatures were handed in.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Oregon: Two Port of Brookings Harbor Commissioners resign in face of recall

Following the handing in of more than 1000 signatures, Commissioners Roger Thompson and Andy Martin both resigned. Angi Christian and Jan Barbas are still facing a potential recall over the firing of the Port Manager. The petitions were certified by April 19.

Idaho: New Plymouth School Board facing recall threats

All five school board members Ron Kovick, Dave Brogan, Dani Rollins, Arlo Decker and Darrell Brown are facing recall threats over their support for the superintendent.

Update: The Superintendent has since resigned.

Update 2: No signatures were turned in.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Nevada: Judge rules recall effort against two State Senators failed

District Court Judge Jerry Wiese ruled that the recalls against Senators Joyce Woodhouse (D) and Nicole Cannizzaro (D) failed, though the judge was frustrated by the failure of the election commission to give clear numbers of how many valid signatures were turned in. Petitioners can still appeal.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Michigan: Macomb Township Trustee facing recall effort

Trustee Dino Bucci (R) is facing a recall effort after he was following his indictment for bribery, extortion, money laundering and fraud as part of a probe over a garbage company. He also allegedly took a $66,000 cash kickback.

Two Republican representative are called for the governor to remove him. 6,846 signatures are needed to get the recall on the ballot.

Michigan: Recall effort against Coloma Township Supervisor and Treasurer rejected

The recall of Supervisor Ken Parrigin and Treasurer James Fulton was rejected on clarity grounds. The issue was a liability for the township.

Colorado: La Plata Commissioner recall falls short by 2000 signatures; Petitioners have 15 days to add

The recall against Commissioner Gwen Lachelt (D) failed, as petitioners handed in 6485 signatures, with 5475 found valid (15% rejection rate). Petitioners needed 7505. Petitioners now have 15 days to try and meet that total -- though Lachelt says she will sue over that interpretation.

The issue is Lachelt's environmental policy.

Oregon: Petitions handed in against four Port of Brookings Harbor Board Commissioners

More than 1000 signatures were handed in against Commissioners Angi Christian, Andy Martin, Roger Thompson and Jan Barbas each. The issue was the firing of the Port Manager. Petitioners need 856 valids.



California: Overview of the Calaveras County recall

Here

Maryland: Bowie Councilmember facing recall effort

Council member Courtney Glass is facing a recall effort, with petitioners needing 2800 signatures in 30 days. Last year, Council member Diane Polangin was removed and then ran and lost in the replacement race. The elections were estimated to cost about $30,000.

The issue is votes in favor of development and an apartment complex (as well as poor attendance at a council meeting).

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Idaho: Albion Mayor facing petitions -- second petition accepted

Mayor Sharon Hardy-Mills Wilmot is facing a petition over claims that she "lacks knowledge to 'adequately' and 'fairly' run the city. The petition only had 13 signatures and needed 20.

Update: Petition has now been accepted

California:Third Fresno Central Unifed School Board member facing recall effort

School Board member Terry Cox is now facing a recall effort led by his failed opponent in the 2016 election, Richard Martinez. Martinez is the husband of the president of the teachers union.

The Cox recall effort is taking place at the same time as an effort to remove Phillip Cervantes and Richard Solis over the firing of a superintendent. Cox voted to keep the superintendent. Petitioners need about 3000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Nevada: Recheck of State Senate recall petitions still fails to hit requirement

Following a recheck of signatures, petitioners were still found to have missed the numbers needed to get the recalls of Senators Joyce Woodhouse and Nicole Cannizzaro on the ballot. The Woodhouse recall missed by 21, and Cannizzaro by about 500. Prior to the recheck, the signature total discrepancy was 196 for Woodhouse.

An appellate court is still expected to decide whether signatures can be removed by the signer after the fact. If the court upholds the lower court ruling that they can be, then the petitions will have missed by a lot more.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Florida: Madeira Beach recall dead

Following the judicial ruling that stopped the recall of Commissioners John Douthirt and Nancy Oakley, the committee declared that they will not be appealing the ruling further. Douthirt and Oakley are being paid back $13000 in legal fees.

California: Third Calaveras Supervisor petitions approved

The recall effort against Supervisor Gary Tofanelli has been approved, with petitioners needing 1396 signatures to get on the ballot. Proponents claim the issue is a lack of leadership, with one claim that Tofanelli jumped the line to take the Chairman position before another supervisor.

There are already petitions against Supervisor Jack Garamendi (1319 signatures needed) and Supervisor Dennis Mills (1555 signatures needed), both over cannabis issues.

Texas: Kennedale councilmembers facing May 5 recall vote

Councilmembers Sandra Lee and Jan Joplin are facing a May 5 recall vote -- both were elected last May. Joplin is also running against the Mayor Brian Johnson.

The recall is over complaints of violating the city charter by working around the city manager, removing non-supporters from advisory boards and threatening city workers. Joplin and Lee argue that the recall is over their raising concerns about city spending in general and questionable co-mingling of funds.

California: Live Oak Mayor facing recall effort over water and sewer rate increases

Mayor Aleksandar Tica is facing a recall effort over proposed water and sewer rate increases. Tica was elected in January.

Nevada: Recall proponents ask for recheck of 389 signatures

The Republican backers of the recall effort against Nevada State Senators Nicole Cannizzaro (D) and Joyce Woodhouse (D) have asked for a recheck of 389 signatures. Petitioners actually need over many more signatures approved to remove Woodhouse (1600) and Cannizzaro (1900), but this is likely a test to see if it is worth asking for a recheck on the rest.

Maine: Signatures verified against three Scarborough School Board members

The clerk has stated that enough signatures have been handed in against board members Donna Beeley, Jodi Shea and Cari Lynford. They needed 2622 signatures. It's not clear how many valids were given in. The issue was the resignation of a principal, school start times changes, a proficiency-based education model and transparency issues.

Massacusetts: Barnstable County Commissioner facing calls for removal following criticism of Parkland students, but no recall provision

Barnstable has been debating adopting a recall law following comments by County Commissioner Ronald Beaty Jr. (R) over fights over a parking space, a proposal to kill great white sharks and criticize of the "#MeToo movement." Now, Beaty has heavily criticized Parkland School Shooting survivor David Hogg, leading to further push for his removal. Beaty is also a candidate for state Representative. Quite a bit more detail here, including that Beaty spent a year in jail for threatening to kill President George H.W. Bush.

Texas: West University Place Councilwoman facing petitions over disorderly conduct charge for yelling at girl in pro-Trump t-shirt

Petitions are being collected against Councilwoman Kellye Burke after she was charged with a misdemeanor for yelling at a middle school girl wearing a "trump Make America Great Again" T-shirt.  Petitioners need 1656 signatures (15%) to get on the ballot.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Maine: Waterville Mayor and Councillor facing recall efforts

Mayor Nick Isgro (R) and newly appointed Councilor John O'Donnell (D) are both facing recall efforts. O'Donnell is a former council member who was appointed to fill a vacancy. One of the other candidates, Libertarian Jay Coelho, is pushing for the recall. Isgro has faced the recall over a tweet criticizing survivors of the Parkland School shooting. Petitioners need 91 signatures by May 2.

Nevada: Recall attempts against two Democratic State Senators fail

The recall attempt against Senators Joyce Woodhouse and Nicole Cannizzaro (D) both failed to get enough signatures. The district court counted the controversial requests to remove names. The article says that Democrats feel that even without the removals, the recall would have failed to get to the ballot.

Petitioners need 14216 and 14412 signatures.

Massachusetts: Supreme Judicial Court throws out Townsend recall

The Supreme Judicial Court upheld an appellate court ruling tossing out the recall of Selectman Cindy King because it din't set a proper cause of action. The ruling is only 1 paragraph long.

Maine: Minot School Board Member cannot face recall vote

Board member Mike Downing, who was fired as a bus drier for allegedly making racist and sexist comments, cannot be recalled. Downing's law allows it for munipial officers, but not school board members, according to the Superintendent.

Texas: Plano Councilman recall vote scheduled for November Election Day

Councilman Tom Harrison's recall has been scheduled for November 6. 4400 signatures were gathered, 2800 were needed. Harrison is facing the recall for a Facebook post against teaching Islam in the school.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Maine: Waterville Mayor facing recall threat over tweet about Parkland shooting

Mayor Nick Isgro (R) is facing calls for resignation and discussion of a recall following a tweet against Parkland student David Hogg.

Oregon: Oakridge Mayor facing recall effort

Mayor Jim Coey is facing a recall threat over his push against the city administrator, who had his contract approved by a 4-3 vote. One of the leaders of the recall effort is a member of the planning commission. 

Petitioners need 178 signatures in 90 days. Coey's term ends at the end of the year.