Friday, August 16, 2019

Alaska: Petitioners claim over 29,000 signatures collected against Governor

Petitioners claim to have gathered 29,577 signatures for the recall of Governor Mike Dunleavy (R), which is more than the 28501 needed to move pass the first stage of the recall. Of course, they will almost certainly need a larger cushion to top the verification process.

Petitioners need to first get the 28,501 signatures before the Division of Elections will consider if they meet the petitions meet the state's malfeasance standards. Then they would need an additional 71,252 signatures to get to the ballot.

Alaska is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, so a showing of cause is needed (though the state courts has taken a lenient view of the the cause requirement in past instances).

North Dakota: Surrey Mayor resigns in the face of recall effort; Signatures being collected against Council President

Surrey Mayor Jason Strand has resigned in the face of a recall and Council President and Acting Mayor Karla Walsh is still recall effort over complaints of employee turnover. There has also been threats to recall Council Member Rodney Hjelden, but because his term ends within the year, he is not eligible.

Colorado: Nederland Mayor, two Trustees facing petitions

Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larson and Trustees Dallas Masters and Julie Gustafson are facing petitions over claims of "dereliction of duty." A regular town critic who is actually lives outside the town is one of the leaders of the effort. The complaints seems to be a kitchen sink effort, including complaints about Nederland's growth and lifting a moratorium on cannabis dispensaries. Petitioners need 58 signatures for Larson and 47 for the other two.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Nebraska: Plattsmouth Mayor recall effort fails

The recall against Mayor Paul Lambert failed, with petitioners handling in 200 signatures. They needed 538 in 30 days. The recall was after city workers threw out items left on or near gravestones. Petitioners are claiming that there was a lack of communication before the clean-up.

Rhode Island: Tiverton Council President, Vice President recall voted to be scheduled for October 10

Signatures were verified against Tiverton Council President Robert Coulter and Vice President Justin Katz over complaints about an executive session at meetings. The council approved a vote for October 10. The lead petitioner, William McLaughlin, lost as a council candidate in November.

Petitioner got 625 signatures for Katz (they needed 587) and 553 for Coulter (needed 505).

The town has an absentee veto provision. The turnout has to exceed the amount of votes each got in the last election for the recall to count (though unlike Idaho, the amount voting yes does not have to top the previous election's numbers).

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Newsweek Op-ed on the Recall Moves against Governors

Here's an op-ed I wrote for Newsweek on the moves against Governors throughout the country, especially the unusual fact that many of the efforts are being led by the Republican leadership in the states. I intend to write a full "state of play" post later on.

Colorado: State Supreme Court turns down effort to stop Cripple Creek-Victory School District Board Member recall; Set for November 5

The State Supreme Court has turned down a request from Cripple Creek-Victory School Board President Tim Braun to end the recall effort against him. The article describes the decision as almost "apologetic" over the delay, which has led the recall to be moved from an original target of July 16 to November 5.

Two other board members, treasurer Dennis Jones and secretary Tonya Martin resigned in the face of the recall.

The recall is over claims of violation of the open record act and possibly a suspension of the superintendent. One of the leader was a former Head Start director who lost to Jones by 30 votes in November 2017.

Nebraska: Signatures handed in against two Antelope Commissioners

Signatures were handed in to get the recalls of Antelope Commissioners Tom Borer and Allan Bentley on the ballot, though they need to be verified. The recall is over claims of mismanagement of funds. Petitioners need 203 signatures for Borer and 135 signatures for Bentley (35% of turnout) in 30 days.

Northern Arapaho Tribal Chairman facing recall efforts

Northern Arapaho Tribal Chairman Lee Spoonhunter is facing a recall effort over issues over the casino and the use of advisors and law firms.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Colorado: Brighton Mayor will face recall

Brighton Mayor Ken Kreutzer will be on the recall ballot over the firing of the City Manager. The City Manager was allegedly fired because he uncovered $70 million in unused water money. No word yet on when the recall will take place -- it may wait until Election Day in November.

Petitioners handed in 1782 signatures, they needed 1136 signatures.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Louisiana: Jefferson Parish President who faced recall efforts won't run for reelection

Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni, who was the subject of a prominent recall effort after he was accused of sexting with a 17-year old high school student (this was back when he was Kenner's mayor), has announced he won't run for reelection.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Alaska: Petitioners claim 18,000 signatures collected against Governor after first week

Governor Mike Dunleavy (R) is the target recall effort, with petitioners claiming to have 18000 signatures after the first week.

Alaska is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, so a showing of cause is needed (though the state courts has taken a lenient view of the the cause requirement in past instances).

Petitioners need to first get 28,501 signatures before the Division of Elections will consider if they meet the malfeasance standards. Then they would need 71,252 signatures to get to the ballot.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

California: Second recall effort targeting Governor by former Senate candidate

A second attempt has been filed to recall Governor Gavin Newsom (D), this time by Erin Cruz, who came in sixth in the US Senate primary in 2018.  The recall effort mimics an early one set up by Dr. James Veltmeyer, who lost the Republican primary for a Congressional seat in 2018. The petitions seems to be focused on immigration issues, though there are also claims of capital punishment and the cost of the state wildfires and "medicare for all." There is also a preexisting online petition led by someone else that has 42,000 signers, of which exactly zero would count to a real petition.

Petitioners would need about 1.5 million signatures to get on the ballot.

Oregon: New debate over who would actually replace Governor in case of recall removal

Oregon is now having a debate about its gubernatorial replacement law. Bill Currier, the chairman of the State Republican Party, has filed recall papers against Governor Kate Brown (D). Another petition was also filed by a local resident, focusing on homeless issues.

What is perhaps most noteworthy is that Oregon's recall law does not provide for the immediate election of a replacement. Replacements are instead "filed immediately in the manner provided by law for filing a vacancy in that office arising from any other cause." A special election replacement race would take place on Election Day, 2020.

For Oregon, that would seem to mean that Secretary of State Beverly Clarno (R), an 83-year old former Speaker of the State House of Representatives, who was recently appointed after the death of her predecessor, would  automatically become Governor. Clarno was appointed by Brown herself.

However, Oregon law also appears to disallow the replacement by an appointed official. Under this interpretation, which is supported by Clarno, the replacement would be State Treasurer Tobias Read (D). The recall backers claim this is incorrect, though this article seems to be basing it on a tortured understanding of the use of the term "acting Secretary." Regardless, Clarno could herself resign, resulting in Read taking the position.

This no-vote provision is fairly common on the local level. However, it is relatively rare on the state level. I believe Idaho has a similar provision. State lawmakers appointed for a vacancy must be of the same party. In the wake of a 2011 state House recall and the 2012 Wisconsin recalls next door, Michigan changed its law so that the Governor  would be replaced by the next in line (i.e., the Lieutenant Governor), thereby short circuiting any recall push.

The recall was filed on the first possible day (after Brown had been in office six months). Petitioners would need 280,050 in 90 days. 

Oregon, the first state to adopt the recall for state-level officials way back in 1908, has had recalls against three state legislators, but never a Governor. Brown actually got the job when her predecessor John Kitzhaber face a recall threat.


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

New Jersey: Great article on New Jersey's use of the recall law

This article by Terrence McDonald in the Record gives some good history to the use of the recall in New Jersey, going back before the 1993 passage of the statewide recall law. It takes as its jumping off point the Englewood Cliffs recall attempt.

Among the highlights:

1. North Bergen Mayor Peter Mocco lost a recall in 1978 and was reelected to his seat in the same ballot.

2. Stafford Mayor Wesley Bell was recalled in 1983, a decision that was tossed out by an appellate court, which was overturned by the State Supreme Court.

3. Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano lost a recall in 2009 and won back his office in May 2011. He is still mayor.

4. Mahwah Mayor John Laforet was removed in 2018.

Texas: Mineral Wells City Council member facing recall threats

Mayor Christopher Perricone is facing a recall effort. Petitioners need over 1800 signatures by August 30  to get on the ballot

Alaska: Recall petitions taken out against Governor

Petitions have now been taken out against Governor Mike Dunleavy (R), with over 10,000 signatures collected on the first day.

Dunleavy announced major spending cuts.

Alaska is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, so a showing of cause is needed (though the state courts has taken a lenient view of the the cause requirement in past instances).

Petitioners need to first get 28,501 signatures before the Division of Elections will consider if they meet the malfeasance standards. Then they would need 71,252 signatures to get to the ballot.

Michigan: Wind Farm projects leads to recall threats in Casnovia Township

Three Casnovia Township officials, Clerk Jennie Powell, Treasurer Gayle Brock and Trustee Dan Winell, are facing recall attempts on their vote to approve wind farms.

Wisconsin: Merrill Alderman resigns after surviving a previous recall

Merrill Alderman Dave Sukow, who was one of four alderman survived a recall vote in July, resigned. There was no reason given in the article.

Friday, August 2, 2019

UK: Liberal Democrats win Brecon & Radnor MP Seat in recall triumph; Conservative MP ousted

Liberal Democrat Party Leader Jane Dobbs won the by-election for the Seat in Brecon and Radnor, toppling, Conservative Party MP Chris Davies, who was removed in a recall and was the Conservative candidate to replacement himself. Dobbs won 13826 to 12401, with the Brexit Party gaining 331 and Labour coming in fourth, with a drop of 12.4%. Turnout was 60%.

Davies was removed after 10,005 signatures were handed in (petitioners needed 5303 (10% of voters) to get on the ballot.

Davies was fined 1500 pounds and hit with 50 hours of community service over two false expense invoices for landscape photographs. Since the sentence was under 12 months, he is not automatically ousted.

This was the second recall removal this year. Labour MP Fiona Onasanya was ousted and replaced by a Labour MP in June.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

California: Fresno Unified Trustee facing recall threats

Fresno School Board Trustee Terry Slatic is facing recall threats after he got into arguments with a cheerleading team, a wrestling coach and an army recruiter. Slatic was put in office in December. Two trustees, Veva Islas and Keshia Thomas, spoke in favor of a recall effort.

Petitioners would needd 7359 signatures in 120 days.

California: Five Pine Mountain Lake Association Board of Directors survive recall vote

All five members of the Pine Mountain Lake Association Board of Directors, a private, gated community survived a recall vote, 1006-668. The members are President Mike Gustafson, Steve Griefer, Nick Stauffacher, Wayne Augusburger and Karen Hopkins. The issue was a $2-$2.5 million renovation to fix buildings near the golf course.

Michigan: Jackson Councilwoman facing recall effort

Jackson Councilwoman Kelsey Heck is facing a recall effort, with language approved by the Election Commission. Heck was appointed to the seat after the resignation of her predecessor. The claim is a vote on an assessment.

Petitioner would need 225 signatures to get on the ballot. A former council candidate, Susan Murdie, is leading the recall effort.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Rhode Island: Tiverton Council President, Vice President facing petitions

Tiverton Council President Robert Coulter and Vice President Justin Katz are facing recalls over complaints about an executive session at meetings. The lead petitioner, William McLaughlin, lost as a council candidate in November. Petitioner has already handed in signatures, but is adding more. Petitioner needs 587 for Katz and 505 for Coulter.

The town has an absentee veto provision. The turnout has to exceed the amount of votes each got in the last election for the recall to count (though unlike Idaho, the amount voting yes does not have to top the previous election's numbers).

Idaho: Three Bannock County Commissioners join Assessor in facing recall effort over property tax increases

Bannock County Commissioners Terrel "Ned" Tovey, Steve Brown and Ernie Moser are now being threatened with a recall over property tax increases. Petitions have already been taken out against Bannock County Assessor Sheri Davies. The focus is on a delay in assessments, and miscommunication about deadlines and a lack of communication. The council has applied a 10% market reduction in one market and a 5% in the another. Petitioners need 8302 signatures (20% of registered voters) in 75 days to get Davies on the ballot and the article lists 9100 total.

If it does get to the ballot, Idaho has an "absentee veto" -- the vote to remove must exceed the amount of votes each candidate received in the last election.

Nebraska: Petitions taken out against Dundy County Attorney

Dundy County Attorney Gary Burke is facing petitions over complaints about his criminal proecution, though the petition apparently just cites a kitchen sink of charges of incompetence, with no specifics added. We'll see if further stories add to this. Petitioner needs 200 signatures (35% of turnout) by August 21.

Washington: Signatures handed in against 3 Mullis Community Senior Center Operations Committee boardmembers

San Juan Island's Mullis Community Senior Center Operations Committee acting Chair Stephen Shubert, Secretary Nancy Geist and Treasurer Carolyn Adler are facing a recall effort over the decision to stop a saying prayers before meals and the pledge of allegiance. Petitioners handed in 90 signatures and need 50.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Colorado: Poll shows Polis beating back recall effort

A new Magellan Strategies poll of likely voters say that 47% of Colorado voters will oppose a recall of Governor Jared Polis and 38% are in favor. Magellan is generally used by Republican candidates (with somewhat of a Republican lean in its polling), so not a good sign for the pro-recall crowd.

Michigan: Dalton Township Supervisor facing recall effort

Dalton Township Supervisor Tony Barnes is facing a recall effort over a court injunction to shut down the retail component of a family farm that has been labeled as a "nuisance." The language is still being reviewed.

Update: The petition was rejected on clarity ground

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Articles on Recall Season

There's been a number of articles out on the recall efforts throughout the country. I'm quoted in the Associated Press, Wall Street Journal and Pew's Stateline pieces.

Note this editorial mentions that the Republicans are looking to take advantage of the lower turnout in a special election instead of a recall scheduled at the same time as a general election. However, as my research has surprisingly showed, recall actually do better when timed with a general election.

Oklahoma: Recall against Four Pawhuska Councilors makes the ballot -- set for October 8

A recall election will be scheduled for Pawhuska Councilors John Brazee, Mark Buchnan, Rodger Milleson and Roger Taylor. Petitioners handed in over the 108 signatures needed. The recall is over the firing and subsequent rehiring a police chief. The fifth councilor, Jourdan Foran, is exempt from the recall because he just took office.

The recall has been set for October 8.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

California: Committee being set up to recall Governor by former congressional candidate

A move to recall Governor Gavin Newsom (D) is being set up by Dr. James Veltmeyer, who lost the Republican primary for a Congressional seat in 2018. The petitions seems to be focused on immigration issues, though there are also claims of capital punishment and the cost of the state wildfires. There is also a preexisting online petition led by someone else that has 42,000 signers, of which exactly zero would count to a real petition. 

Petitioners would need about 1.5 million signatures to get on the ballot.

North Dakota: Look back on the Bank of North Dakota and the 1921 recall

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Alaska: Editorial decries recall effort against Governor Dunleavy backed by Dems

An Anchorage Press editorial claims that the PAC backing the recall of Governor Mike Dunleavy ... The PAC treasurer is an aide to Anchorage Assemblywoman Suzanne LaFrance and has "ties" to the state Democratic Party. The editorial notes claims that the recall effort maybe a data mining operation (which is claim being made against the Colorado recall. Petitioners need 28501 signatures for the first round of applying to Elections Director. If that succeeds, petitioners would need 71,252.

Washington: Mullis Community Senior Center Operations Committee facing recall petitions

Mullis Community Senior Center acting Chair Stephen Shubert, Secretary Nancy Geist and Treasurer Carolyn Adler are facing recall petitions, allegedly over a move to stop a prayer and the pledge of allegiance before senior meals.

Michigan: State Representative facing recall over bribery and extortion charges

Michigan State Representative Larry C. Inman (R) is facing petitions after a grand jury charged him with attempted extortion, bribery and lying to the FBI. Inman is accused of trying to get a bribe from a union group for a vote to repeal the state's prevailing wage law. Petitioners would need 12201 signatures to get on the ballot.

Update: Petitions have been filed.

Colorado: Signatures handed against Brighton Mayor

Petitioners handed in 1300 signatures for the recall of Brighton Mayor Ken Kreutzer, who is facing criticism over water overcharges. Petitioners needed 1136 signatures.

Update: 1782 signatures were finally handed in.

New Jersey: Petitions taken out against Englewood Cliffs Councilmembers

Petitions have been taken out against Englewood Cliffs Council members Edward Aversa (D) and Gloria Oh (D) over claims that they didn't do due diligence on affordable housing and other issues related to development. Aversa, who is running for mayor in the fall, claims that Mayor Mario Kranjac (who is also on the ballot) is behind the recall.

Petitioners would need more than 900 signatures (25% of registereds) in 160 days.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

California: Dixie School Board recall attempt fails to turn in any signatures

The recall effort against Dixie School District Trustee Marnie Glickman has failed, with petitioners not handing in any signatures. Glickman had previously announced she would not run for reelection.  The issue was a vote to change the name of the district from Dixie, due to its confederate connection. The board has voted to rename the district Miller Creek Elementary School District and the school as Lucas Valley Elementary School.

Petitioners needed 2851 signatures and claimed they were close.

Taiwan: Recall threatened against Kaohsiung Mayor/Kuomintang Presidential candidate

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu, who was also just nominated as the Kuomintang Presidential candidate, is being threatened with a recall following flooding in the town (though presumably this may be part of the presidential political wrangling).

Friday, July 19, 2019

Arizona: Lawsuit looks to overturn state law limiting who can collect signatures

The Election Law Blog notes a lawsuit in Arizona that looks to overturn a state law that limits who can collect signatures for initiatives, referendum and recalls.

Massachusetts: Ranked Choice Voting Supporters cite Fall River Mayoral race

A move to push Ranking Choice voting in Massachusetts has seen the recall removal/replacement victory of Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II (D) as a key point in the claim.

Correia is under indictment for stealing from investors and tax fraud and lost the recall run overwhelmingly, 7829-4911. However, Massachusetts allows a candidate facing a recall to run in the replacement race (not that uncommon a provision). In this case, Correia was one of five candidates. He came in first with about 35% of the vote, beating out City Councilor Joseph Camara, School Committee member Paul Coogan, School administrator Kyle Riley and Erica Scott-Pacheco. An editorial in the Boston Globe noted this possible result.

Note on how that works:

While this is an unusual development, it is not unprecedented -- though I will have to search for the same result.

The reason that it is unusual is that having a replacement race where the candidate can run in the replacement race is itself not the standard recall law. Many jurisdictions do not have the "up or down" vote on a recall -- instead they just have a new election for the position, featuring a guaranteed slot for the candidate (Michigan, Wisconsin have this). Some places do not have a replacement race and instead just allow for an appointment to the position (notably Oregon); Rhode Island gave the position to the second place finisher in the last election. California has an up or down vote on the recall, but the candidate is barred from seeking the office in the replacement race.

That said, it is not that uncommon and in fact Fall River almost saw this result a little over four years ago. The city had a recall against then Mayor Will Flanagan. Flanagan lost the recall, but came in second in the replacement vote.

 Louisiana proposed changing its law to ban recall loser from running in a replacement race after one such candidate got 1/3rd of the vote after being kicked out (though that candidate did not win). Here's some other examples of candidates running in the replacement race and losing.

Update: In 1982, Mansfield, Massachusetts Selectman John McNair pulled off this exact type of victory (losing the recall, winning the retention race). This was part of a four person recall (over the firing of a town manager). The other three Selectmen, David May, Frank Ciolella and Norman Manhana, lost their seats.  The race is noted in Joseph Zimmerman's The Recall: Tribunal of the People.

Wisconsin: Door County Supervisors petitions rejected by clerk

A clerk turned down the petitions against Door County Supervisors John Neinas and Roy Engelbert due to claims of errors and invalid signatures. The two are facing petitions over their vote for a plan to draw down the Forestville Dam Mill Pond to dry out contaminated sediment from the pond. Opponents claim it will hurt the fish stock.

Washington, DC: Signature collection ongoing against Council member

Petitioners claim they have one third the needed signatures to get a recall against Council Member Jack Evans (D) on the ballot. The recall is over a probe into financial dealings.

They need approximately 5200 signatures (10% of registereds) by November  Evans has been in office for 28 years

California: Torrance Treasurer recall gains backers in City Council

City Councilmembers are backing the recall of Torrance Treasurer Dana Cortez after she hasn't shown up for work in nearly five months (she claims medical issues). Cortez has had her leave extended until September 30, which will be nearly a year since she last appeared. The council cut her salary by 50% and reassigned half her duties following allegations of mismanagement prior to her leave.

Petitioner needs about 13000 signatures. Petitioners claim they have 1500. The article notes that the last successful recall in Torrance was in 1941.

Michigan: Petitions rejected in Chesaning Village Council President recall

Petitions against Chesaning Village President Joseph Sadlar Jr. over the firing of a police chief have been rejected over clarity questions, though new language have been handed in, so expected it eventually to be approved.

Idaho: Bannock County Assessor facing recall effort over property tax increases

Petitions have been taken out against Bannock County Assessor Sheri Davies over property tax increases, with a focus on a delay in assessments, and miscommunication about deadlines and a lack of communication. Petitioners need 8302 signatures (20% of registered voters) in 75 days.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Michigan: Albion Mayor Pro Tempore Recall set for November 5

Albion Mayor Pro Tempore Sonya Brown is set for a recall vote on November 5. The recall is over the removal of the head of the Albion Public Safety Department. Brown's recall has been in court.

Petitions are presumably still out against Albion Mayor Dave Atchison  and Councilwoman Jeanette Spicer.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Wisconsin: Split vote in Merrill; Four Alderman survive; One ousted

Merrill Aldermen Council President Rob Norton (133-104) and Aldermen John VanLieshout (103-97), Dave Sukow (52 votes out of 58), Paul Russell (150-91) survived a recall vote. Alderman Tim Meehean lost to Steve Sabatke (91-72).

The issue was confusion over a property tax rate increase which was higher than expected (which seems to have been done due to a calculating error).

Maine: Petitions taken out against Four Mechanic Falls Councilors over Town Manager firing

Mechanic Falls Council Chair Cathy Fifield, Vice Chair Wayne Hackett and Councilors Nicholas Konstantoulakis and John Emery are facing petitions over the recent 4-1 vote to dismiss Town Manager Zakk Maher in what is alleged to be a violation of the Open Meeting Act.

Petitioners need at least 192 signatures in 30 days (15% of gubernatorial turnout). There is a "absentee veto" provision, where the total votes in the recall must be at least 30% of the those cast in the 2018 gubernatorial election.

Oregon: Recall filed against Governor

2019 seems to be the year of the Gubernatorial Recall, as Oregon now joins the fray. Bill Currier, the chairman of the State Republican Party, has filed recall papers against Governor Kate Brown (D). Another petition was also filed by a local resident, focusing on homeless issues.

The GOP Recall effort seems pretty nakedly political, though the issue cited is the Democrats support of various climate change bills.

The recall was filed on the first possible day (after Brown had been in office six months). Petitioners would need 280,050 in 90 days. 

Oregon, the first state to adopt the recall for state-level officials way back in 1908, has had recalls against three state legislators, but never a Governor. Brown actually got the job when her predecessor John Kitzhaber face a recall threat.

What is perhaps most noteworthy is that Oregon's recall law does not provide for the election of a replacement. Replacements are instead "filed immediately in the manner provided by law for filing a vacancy in that office arising from any other cause." 

For Oregon, that means that Secretary of State Beverly Clarno (R), an 83-year old former Speaker of the State House of Representatives, who was recently appointed after the death of her predecessor, would  automatically become Governor. Clarno was appointed by Brown herself.

This no-vote provision is fairly common on the local level. However, it is relatively rare on the state level. I believe Idaho has a similar provision (though state lawmakers appointed for a vacancy must be of the same party). In the wake of a 2011 state House recall and the 2012 Wisconsin recalls next door, Michigan changed its law so that the Governor  would be replaced by the next in line (i.e., the Lieutenant Governor), thereby short circuiting any recall push. 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Colorado: Petitions approved against two more Democratic Senators

Many more developments in the Colorado recall campaigns: Petitions have been taken out against Senators Brittany Pettersen (D) and Pete Lee (D). Petitioners would need 18,376 signatures for Pettersen and 11,304 signatures for Lee. Two GOP Senators question the recall push here.




Nebraska: Two Antelope Commissioners facing petitions

Antelope Commissioners Tom Borer and Allan Bentley are facing recall efforts over claims of mismanagement of funds. Petitioners need 203 signatures for Borer and 135 signatures for Bentley (35% of turnout) in 30 days.

Oklahoma: Four Pawhuska Councilors facing recall effort

Pawhuska Councilors John Brazee, Mark Buchnan, Rodger Milleson and Roger Taylor are facing a recall effort following the firing and subsequent rehiring a police chief. The fifth councilor, Jourdan Foran, is exempt from the recall.

Petitioners would need 108 signatures.

Wisconsin: Signatures handed in against Vernon Supervisor

Vernon Town Supervisor Ed Moline is facing a recall effort over what appears to be his support for a boundary agreement between Vernon and Mukwonago. The petition specifically sites his approval of three newsletters that "favorably discussed" the agreement. Residents overwhelmingly opposed the agreement in a nonbinding referendum, 816-90.

Petitioners handed in over 1300 signatures. I'm not sure how many are needed to get on the ballot.

Alaska: Group started to Recall Governor

Governor Mike Dunleavy (R), who announced major spending cuts, is the subject of a Facebook group looking for his recall. No word on whether there is any intention to actually take out petitions. Alaska is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, so a showing of cause is needed (though the state courts has taken a lenient view of the the cause requirement in past instances).

Petitioners need to first get 28,501 signatures before the Division of Elections will consider if they meet the malfeasance standards. Then they would need 71,252 signatures to get to the ballot.

Update: Additionally meetings have taken place.

Michigan: London Clerk resigns; petitions approved against two trustees

London Clerk Lisa Marie Francis has resigned in the face recall campaign, and the Election Board has approved petitions for the recall effort against Trustees Penny Turner and Roger Werstein.

The issue appears to be a $995 payment from the general fund after a court case was settled over a violation of a township ordinance. The payment was against the advice of the township counsel. Turner was elected to replace Richard Horn, who lost his seat in the November 2018 recall.

There was also a petition to recall Trustee Gary Taepke, who survived a recall vote last year, but that petition was denied because the Taepke is exempt from facing two recalls in a term.

Massachusetts: State clears Milford Treasurer over claim that he worked against recall group

Milford Town Treasurer Christopher Pilla was cleared by the state ethics commission of a complaint that he violated ethics laws in alleged pressuring a local club to remove a room reservation for the recall of Selectman William Kingkade Jr.. The petition failed, with no signatures handed in.

The issue was a vote to not renew the police chief's contract as well as a single care crash that he was in. Petitioners need about 3700 signatures to get on the ballot. They claimed to have gotten about 2000.

Friday, July 12, 2019

North Dakota: Tower City Mayor survives recall vote

Tower City Mayor Scott Salberg survived a recall vote 74-25 for Randy Crist. The recall was over a kitchen sink of claims, including poor performance of duties, harassment, removal of city records and failure to conduct city business in an open fashion.

The article notes that there were 22 recall petitions for mayors statewide since 2001.

California: Four Westminister officials face recall effort

Westminister Mayor Tri Ta and Councilmembers Kimberly Ho, Chi Charlie Nguyen and Tao Do are facing recall efforts. There is a split here -- Ta, Ho and Nguyen were facing recall threats by Do's supporters. Now, others have targeted Do. The fifth councilman Sergio Contreras does not seem to be facing a recall threat (he appears to support Do).

Petitioners would need about 8,736 signatures to get on the ballot.

Michigan: Midland Councilman petitions rejected on clarity grounds by Election Commission

The recall filing against nine-term Midland City Councilman Marty Wazbinski was rejected by the Election Commision over clarity issues. The recall was launched over his support for a "road diet" plan. Petitioners would need 1072 signatures to get on the ballot.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Ballotpedia claims 50% drop off in recalls in 2019 from 2016-2018

Ballotpedia is claiming a drop in recalls of 50% in the 1st half of 2019, compared to each of the last three years. The site lists 72 total recall attempts. I have to look at my numbers for comparison purposes.

Colorado: Two Cripple Creek-Victory School District Board Members Resign; One still on the ballot

The recall against Cripple Creek-Victory School Board members has resulted in two resignations, as Treasurer Dennis Jones and Secretary Tonya Martin dropped out. Board President Tim Braun is still set for a recall by a July 16 mail-in ballot.
The recall is over claims of violation of the open record act and possibly a suspension of the superintendent. One of the leader was a former Head Start director who lost to Jones by 30 votes in November 2017.

Michigan: Three London officials facing petitions

London Clerk Lisa Marie Francis and Trustees Penny Turner and Roger Werstein are facing petitions over what seems to be a $995 payment from the general fund after a court case was settled over a violation of a township ordinance. The payment was against the advice of the township counsel. Turner was elected to replace Richard Horn, who lost his seat in the November 2018 recall.

Michigan: Grosse Pointe School Board recall rejected in clarity hearing

A recall effort against School Board treasurer Judy Gafa and Board Secretary Kathleen Abke and trustee Christopher Profeta  were rejected in a clarity hearing. The recall was over a plan to close schools. Profeta actually appeared to vote against the closure plan, which passed 5-2

Update: Language has been approved against Gafa and Abke. Another attempt against Profeta was rejected.

Taiwan: Kaohsiung Mayor facing recall threat

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-Yu is facing a recall threat. Petitioners would first need 22,814 signatures (1% of the electorate) to get past an initial hurdle, then 228,134 signatures (10%) to get past a second, then they need the yes vote to at least equal 25% of the electorate  -- which is estimated to be over 600,000.

Michigan: Midland Councilman facing petitions over road diet plan

Nine-term Midland City Councilman Marty Wazbinski is facing a recall effort over his support for a "road diet" plan.

Petitioner needs 1072 signatures to get on the ballot.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Michigan: One of two petitions against Albion Mayor withdrawn

One of the attempts to recall Albion Mayor Dave Atchison has ended, with the sponsors canceling the clarity/factualness hearing. The recall was over a group of complaints regarding behavior to other council members and a vote against Indigenous People's Day and bringing a second grocery store to the city.

Atchison is the third Albion official to face recall petitions this term. Albion Councilwoman Jeanette Spicer is facing a petition claiming that the councilwoman is not responsive. Petitioners need 139 signatures. The Mayor Pro Tempore Sonya Brown is facing a recall fight over the removal of the head of the Albion Public Safety Department. Brown's recall has been in court.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

California: Pine Mountain Lake Association Board of Directors facing petitions

The private, gated community is looking to recall the five member board is facing petitions over a plan to spend $2-$2.5 million to fix buildings near the golf course.  The community would have to hire a private election consultant to run the election.

Michigan: Grosse Pointe School Board members targeted in recall petition

School Board treasurer Judy Gafa and Board Secretary Kathleen Abke and trustee Christopher Profeta are all facing recall threats over a plan to close schools. Profeta actually appeared to vote against the closure plan, which passed 5-2.

Michigan: Two more Flint Council member petitions approved

Petition language has been approved against Santino Guerra,and Allan Griggs after previously being rejected. Councilmember Monica Galloway's petitions have also been approved. Kim Fields is up for debate on Thursday.
Guerra and Fields were facing a petition over a vote to extend a $12 million waste removal contract. Galloway is facing the petition over being absent for a vote to enter into a $5.6 million contract with a construction company.

Fields claims that Mayor Karen Weaver, Councilmember Eric Mays  and Community Liaison for Economic Development Aonie Gilcreast are behind the recall effort. Mays has acknowledged this.

UK: Conservative MP Chris Davies will be candidate for in by-election for his seat that was vacated by recall petition

The Conservative Party is keeping Brecon and Radnor MP Chris Davies as the candidate in the upcoming byelection that was forced by a recall petition. Davies was removed after 10,005 signatures were handed in (petitioners needed 5303 (10% of voters) to get on the ballot.

Davies was fined 1500 pounds and hit with 50 hours of community service over two false expense invoices for landscape photographs. Since the sentence was under 12 months, he is not automatically ousted.

The election will take place on July 25 or August 1.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

New Jersey: Recall threatened against Hackensack School Board Member

Hackensack School Board member Frances Cogelja is being threatened with a recall for his criticism of an LGBT-inclusive curriculum for students. Petitioners would need about 5400 signatures to get on the ballot.

Friday, June 21, 2019

UK: Second recall makes the ballot, as signatures handed in against Conservative MP Chris Davies forces by-election

The UK is now set to have its second recall, as petitioners got enough signatures to get Brecon and Radnor MP Chris Davies (Conservative) on the ballot. According to UK law, Davies is removed, and now must face a new by-election (the Conservative Party is debating whether he will be the candidate). 10,005 signatures were handed in (petitioners needed 5303 (10% of voters) to get on the ballot.

Davies was fined 1500 pounds and hit with 50 hours of community service over two false expense invoices for landscape photographs. Since the sentence was under 12 months, he is not automatically ousted.

Washington, DC: Council member facing recall efforts has house searched by FBI

Washington, DC Council Member Jack Evans's (D) house was searched by the FBI after the disclosure of a memo that he knowingly violated ethics rules. Evans has been facing a probe into financial dealings.

Petitioners would need approximately 5200 signatures (10% of registereds).  Evans has been in office for 28 years.

Rhode Island: Over 1000 signatures push Narragansett Town Council recall law on 2020 ballot

Over a thousand signatures have been collected to put a recall law on Narragansett ballot in 2020. The City Council also approved the amendment. The impetus was a failure to approve a new library.

The law would require signatures from 25% of turnout in the last election in 60 days in order to get a recall on the ballot.

Texas: Recall effort against Edinburg Mayor and three other officials fails

The recall attempt against Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina, Mayor Pro-Tem  David Torres and Council members Jorge Salinas and Gilbert Enriquez failed, with petitioners not turning in any signatures. They needed about 2000 signatures in 30 days to get it on the ballot.

The recall is over Molina's arrest on election fraud charges. Molina allegedly pushed out of district residents to change their address and vote for him -- 19 people have been indicted including Molina's wife.

There were numerous delays due to the behavior of the city council with the recall effort as well as a push by officials to take down pro-recall signs.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Massachusetts: Phillipston School Board members facing recall

Phillipston School Board members are facing a recall effort over a busing plan. Petitioners handed 85 signature to clear the first barrier to get on the ballot.

Arkansas: Russellville Mayor facing petitions over opposition to marijuana dispensary

Russellville Mayor Richard Harris is facing the threat of petitions after he abstained from a tie-breaking vote that would have allowed a marijuana dispensary. He has also faced criticism for a casino gambling issue and for a failure to handle a neo-Nazi event.

Petitioners are looking for 2900 signatures (35% of turnout).

Massachusetts: Recall attempt discussed against married Plymouth Selectmen

Plymouth Selectmen Shelagh Joyce and Keven Joyce may be facing recall efforts, as online (completely legally irrelevant petition) has received 1088 signatures. Petitioners would need 6423 signatures, though they cannot start collecting until November. Petitioners would have 20 days to get the signatures and the vote would need turnout of at least 20%.

Joyce has been charged with embezzling about $28,000.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Treasurer to face upcoming recall vote

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Treasurer Gordon Harris is now facing an upcoming recall -- petitioners handed in 120 valid signatures, they needed 100. Chairman Cedric Cromwell is set to face an upcoming recall vote, as petitioners handed in 104 signatures over transparency issues, such as their salaries. Petitioners also aimed a recall at Vice Chairwoman Jessie "Little Doe" Baird but couldn't get the signatures.

The council members previously tried to expel three other council members from the governing board. There has been significant debate over spending for a proposed $1 billion casino-resort

Update: The Election is set for September 15

Wisconsin: Door County Supervisors facing petitions

Door County Supervisors John Neinas and Roy Engelbert are facing petitions over their vote for a plan to draw down the Forestville Dam Mill Pond to dry out contaminated sediment from the pond. Opponents claim it will hurt the fish stock.

New Jersey: Rockaway Township Councilman resigns in face of recall

Councilman Victor Palumbo, who was facing a recall effort over complaints about his voting record, resigned. Palumbo said he resigned after a primary results. Palumbo was looking to run for an at large seat, rather than a district one, which would have changed how many signatures were needed to get a recall on the ballot.

Palumbo was targeted over votes against former Mayor Michael Dachisen and Councilman John Quinn taking health benefits. Petitioners would need 724 signatures to get to the ballot.

Acting Mayor Jeremy Jedynak (R) faced a recall effort, with one of the leaders being the widow of his immediate predecessor, Mayor Michael Dachisen (R). Dachisen died on August 15 of a heart attack, leading to Jedynak taking over. Petitioners need about 4564 signatures to get the Jedynak recall on the ballot.

Update: The Republican County Committee chose Mary Noon to replace Palumbo.

California: Los Angeles Mayor threatened with recall over homelessness

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is now the focus of petitions over claims that homelessness has grown in the city. The leader over the recall effort is Alexandra Datig, an apparently conservative political commentator.

Petitioners would need over 300,000 signatures. While there have been plenty of attempts to recall Los Angeles' Mayors, three have gotten on the ballot. Mayors A.C. Harper in 1909 (he resigned) and Frank Shaw (of L.A. Confidential fame) in 1938 were the only two mayors to actually be removed. John C. Porter survived a recall vote in 1932.

Michigan: Manistique Mayor petitions thrown out on clarity grounds

The Election Commission rejected petitions against Manistique Mayor Michael Perilloux  over clarity grounds. The petitions claim that Perilloux complained about FOIA requests as "threats and weapons" and that he placed Facebook page printouts on chairs before a city council meeting to complain about a non-profit.

Mexico: President suggests holding president recall by March 21, 2021

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who previously suggested that regular recalls are a good idea, suggested that a recall should be held on March 21, 2021(half-way through his term) if he can't face a recall during the mid-term congressional elections in June 2021.

Colorado: Two groups looking at Gubernatorial recall join forces

The two groups trying to recall Governor Jared Polis (D) have joined forces. The issues cited as his support for the National Popular Vote law, gun control legislation and the oil and gas law.

Petitioners would need 631,226 signatures in 60 days. So far, the state GOP is not backing the push. The recall can't start until Polis has been in office for six months.

Idaho: Three Middleton School Board members facing August 27 recall

The recall against Middleton School Board Members Tim Winkle, Marianne Blackwell and Alicia McConkie has met the signature requirement, and it will be on the ballot in a special election on August 27.

The recall is over a vote not to renew the High School principal's contact. The principal has accused school administrators of harassing him. A fourth member, Kirk Adams, is facing threats, but due to his recent election, is not eligible for a recall until the November election. For the recall to succeed, the vote to remove must exceed the amount of votes the candidate received when they won the office in the last election.

Tennessee: Third Jackson-Madison School Board Member being discussed for recall petitions

A third Jackson-Madison County School Board member, Janice Hampton, is facing talk of a recall. , Chairman Kevin Alexander and Doris Black are already facing a recall effort over their opposition to the Superintendent's 10-year plan. Petitioners need to get 66% of their vote total from the last election (seems like it is 370).

The recall is taking place just after Governor signed a law allowing recalls in the Madison County Board of Education members.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Michigan: Albion Mayor hit with two recall petitions

Two petitions have been taken out against Albion Mayor Dave Atchison over a group of complaints regarding behavior to other council members and a vote against Indigenous People's Day and bringing a second grocery store to the city.

Atchison is the third Albion official to face recall petitions this term. Albion Councilwoman Jeanette Spicer is facing a petition claiming that the councilwoman is not responsive. Petitioners need 139 signatures. The Mayor Pro Tempore Sonya Brown is facing a recall fight over the removal of the head of the Albion Public Safety Department. Brown's recall has been in court.

California: Marin Independent Journal looks at Dixie School Board recall attempt

Here's a column by Dick Spotswood in the Marin Independent Journal discussing a possible way for Dixie School District Trustee Marnie Glickman to avoid a recall. The article notes that Glickman has decided to not run for reelection, and Spotswood claims that the recall will be the one way for voters to have a say on the issue that has divided the community (changing the name of the district from Dixie, due to its confederate connection). Spotswood suggests that Glickman run for reelection which would obviate the need for a recall, though past experience with other recalls suggests petitioners are likely to try to recall and defeat her in any reelection run.

Note that Spotswood leads the piece with the following claim:
"As a rule, California's institution of recall should be reserved to remove elected officials who are criminally corrupt or mentally ill. Occasionally, a recall is mounted when the motivation is about policy or the officeholder's behavior."

That seems quite off -- the reverse (as a rule, recalls are mounted over policy or behavior, and rarely  about corruption [not mental illness]) would probably be true.

Michigan: Manistique Mayor facing petitions

Manistique Mayor Michael Perilloux is facing petitions claiming that Perilloux complained about FOIA requests as "threats and weapons" and that he placed Facebook page printouts on chairs before a city council meeting to complain about a non-profit. The petition now goes before the Election Commission for a clarity/factualness hearing.

California: Senator facing second recall attempt over support for bill restricting vaccination exemptions

Ant-Vaccination supporters have filed a petition looking to recall Senator Richard Pan (D), a pediatrician and the lead sponsor of a bill that restricts vaccine medical exemptions.  Petitioners needed to hand in 61,224 (20% of turnout) signatures.

This is the second time anti-vaccine groups have attempted to recall Pan. In 2016, they took out petitions (and didn't hand in any at the end) against Pan, as well as Senator Jeff Stone and Senator Bill Monning (D). The new petition claims charges of "high treason."

One of the lead petitioners, Austin Bennett, ran against Pan in 2018, though he did not make the final ballot. He has also been accused of airing "conspiracy theories about a mass shooting and chem trails."

Friday, June 14, 2019

Idaho: Signatures handed in against third Middleton School Board member

Signatures have been handed in against a third Middleton School Board member, Marianne Blackwell, over a vote not to renew the High School principal's contact. The principal has accused school administrators of harassing him.

Petitioners claim to have enough signatures to get a recall on the ballot against Middleton School Board Members Tim Winkle and Alicia McConkie for an August vote. TA third member, Kirk Adams, is facing threats, but due to his recent election, is not eligible for a recall until the November election. For the recall to succeed, the vote to remove must exceed the amount of votes the candidate received when they won the office in the last election.

Colorado: GOP abandons recall effort against State Representative who was main sponsor of gun bill

The recall effort against State Representative Tom Sullivan (D), the sponsor of the gun bill that was one of the motivations for the GOP's wide ranging recall efforts, has been abandoned by the GOP.

The recall effort had already met statements of strong opposition from Cole Wist, the Republican who Sullivan defeated in 2018. Wist said that the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, the major backers of the recall effort, referred to the Republicans "owns the Colorado Republican Party."

Sullivan's son was killed in the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting during a showing of the Dark Knight. Petitioner would need 10,035 signatures by July 12.

Sullivan was the first State Rep to have the petitions against him approved. Petitioners are claiming to seek the recall of 12 state legislators.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Texas: Signs calling for Edinburg Mayor recall removed from road by code enforcement officials

More drama in the recall attempt against Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina. Molina is facing trouble over his arrest on election fraud charges. Code Enforcement officials removed three pro-recall signs, with claims that at least one of the signs was there legally.

The recall attempt is over Molina's  allegedly pushing out of district residents to change their address and vote for him. Petitioners need about 2000 signatures to get on the ballot in 30 days (25% of turnout).

Previously, the City Attorney didn't know what forms to give the petitioners. The City Attorney said that because there has never been a recall in the city, they aren't sure what forms to use.

New Mexico: Judge approves Las Cruces School Board Recall effort, possible Supreme Court appeal next

A State Court Judge has green lit the recall effort against Las Cruces School Board members Terrie Dallman, Maria Flores and Ray Jaramillo over claims of violating open meeting laws and adding central office jobs during a hiring freeze. As a malfeasance state, a judge needed to first rule if the ground are valid. They are now appealing to the State Supreme Court.

They need 33 1/3rd of turnout, which is 424 for Flores, 252 for Dallman and 83 for Jaramillo. Any empty seat is filled by appointment.

Maine: Two Freedom Selectman survive recall vote

Freedom Selectmen Steve Bennet (184-64) and Ron Price (183-66) survived recall votes on June 11 recall (it took place on the same day as a school budget vote). The issue is claims of abuse of office and conflict of interest against Price. There were complaint about a renovation of a post office, a purchase of a property and a lease of an excavator. Petitioners handed in 53 signatures for Bennet and 51 for Price.

Turnout was seen as high -- normally, the tturnout is less than 44 voters, but this year it was almost 50%.

Massachusetts: East Bridgewater votes to ask legislature to allow local recall law

East Bridgewater voters passed a law asking the legislature to approve a recall. The vote took place at the town meeting on June 10. They had previously passed it in June 2015, but the state legislature did not approve it.

Based on the proposed law, petitioners would need 100 signatures and 15% of registered voters in each precinct.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Do Special Elections present an accurate picture of the electorate? -- my article in Governing Magazine

Here's an article I wrote in Governing Magazine -- this has been a focus of mine for a long time.

I looked at eight years worth of recall results to try and find out whether special elections presents an accurate picture of the electorate. I believe that recalls are really the only place to see a pattern, as they sometimes take place as a special election and sometimes take place on a general or primary election day.

My original idea was that officials were much more likely to be removed by special elections and therefore special elections were inaccurate. But after looking at 861 recalls over the last eight years my theory was shot down.

Sitting officials, it turns out, are not disproportionately hurt -- and sometimes may actually be helped -- by when a recall election is held. Moreover, the more-motivated, angrier voters do not seem to skew special elections in an obviously predictable way.

Nevada: Group formed to start recall effort against Governor over gun control legislation

A group has registered for a recall effort against Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D) citing a recent gun control bill and spending issues. As with Colorado, there is a very strong political bent to the recall effort, with the lead petitioner making comparisons with California's legislature.

Petitioners would need 242,950 signatures to get on the ballot.

Ohio: Fairview Park vote on charter amendment changing recall timeframes

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Maine: Petitions taken out against Thomaston Selectman

Thomaston Selectman Beverly St. Clair is facing petitions following the town manager's resignation.  Petitioners need 10% of turnout from the last gubernatorial election -- 133 signatures.

UK: Labour Party wins Recall Replacement race in UK's first ever successful recall

Labour Party's Lisa Forbes won the by-election in the the first ever UK recall. winning by 683 votes over the Brexit Party's Mike Greene. Turnout was down nearly 20%.

The recall took place after former Labour Party MP Fiona Onasanya (Peterborough) was convicted due to claiming someone else was driving her car when she was caught speeding (11 mph over the limit). Onasanya had already been expelled from the Labour Party and spent three months in jail.

Forbes has been accused of endorsing and commenting on anti-Semitic posts and conspiracy theories.


California: Two Monterey Park Council members facing petitions

Monterey Park Councilmembers Peter Chan and Hans Liang are facing recall efforts over a vote to move to a district election (which will remove to other councilmembers in 2020). Petitioners need 5609 signatures (20% of registereds) in 120 days.  Both Chan and Liang are in office to 2022 and were elected at large. A third councilmember, Stephen Lam, will not face a recall because his term is up in 2020.

The two are also facing complaints over their support for development proposals.

Nebraska: Plattsmouth Mayor facing recall effort over gravestone clean-up issue

Mayor Paul Lambert is facing a recall effort after workers threw out items left on or near gravestones. Petitioners are claiming that there was a lack of communication before the clean-up.  Petitioners need 538 signatures in 30 days.

Update: Petitioners claim to have half the signatures, though they need to get it by Friday.

Michigan: One Flint Council member petition approved, three rejected

Petition language has been approved against Monica Galloway while the petitions against Flint Council members Santino Guerra, Kate Fields and Allan Griggs have been rejected on clarity grounds.

Guerra and Fields were facing a petition over a vote to extend a $12 million waste removal contract. Galloway is facing the petition over being absent for a vote to enter into a $5.6 million contract with a construction company.

Fields claims that Mayor Karen Weaver, Councilmember Eric Mays  and Community Liaison for Economic Development Aonie Gilcreast are behind the recall effort. Mays has admitted as such.

Idaho: Petitioners claim they have signatures for three Middleton School Board members to be on August and November ballot

Petitioners claim to have enough signatures to get a recall on the ballot against Middleton School Board Members Tim Winkle and Alicia McConkie for an August vote. The issue was a vote not to renew the High School principal's contact. The principal has accused school administrators of harassing him. Petitioners need around 700 signatures to get on the ballot. A third member, Kirk Adams, is facing threats, but due to his recent election, is not eligible for a recall until the November election.

California: Recall launched against Three New Haven Unified School District Board Members

School Board Members Sharan Kaur, Jeff Wang and Lance Nishiria are facing recall efforts after teachers in Union City and South Hayward went on strike. The petitioners claims that the issue is that the board is letting the Superintendent "run the show."

Petitioners need 7487 signatures.

Colorado: Petitioners have enough signatures for three Cripple Creek-Victory School District Board Members

A recall against Cripple Creek-Victory School Board President Timothy Braun, Treasurer Dennis Jones and Secretary Tonya Martin has been delayed after being set for a July 16 mail-in ballot. It is unclear why the recall is being delayed, as the election board said it is due to "restrictive timelines" and "circumstances beyond our control."

The recall is over claims of violation of the open record act and possibly a suspension of the superintendent. One of the leader was a former Head Start director who lost to Jones by 30 votes in November 2017.

Wisconsin: Recall set for Merrill Council President and 4 other Aldermen; Election scheduled for July 16

The recall election against Merrill Aldermen, including Council President Rob Norton and Aldermen John VanLieshout, Dave Sukow, Paul Russell and Tim Meehean has been set for July 16.  The issue was confusion over a property tax rate increase which was higher than expected (which seems to have been done due to a calculating error).

Sunday, June 2, 2019

UK: Labour Party candidate for Petersborough by-election in recall replacement race has endorsed anti-Semitic posts

In the race to replace former Labour Party MP Fiona Onasanya (Peterborough), the Labour Party candidate Lisa Forbes has endorsed and commented on anti-Semitic posts and conspiracy theories.

California: Two Santa Cruz Councilmembers facing recall effort

Santa Cruz Councilmen Drew Glover and Chris Krohn are facing recall efforts with allegations of a focus on a homeless camp and issues at city meetings, though the article notes a focus on the city's rent control and eviction ballot measures. Petitioners would need about 8000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Colorado: Democrats choose replacement for State Representative who resigned in face of recall effort and sexual misconduct allegations

Mary Young has been selected by Colorado Democrats to replace State Representative Rochelle Galindo (D) who resigned her seat before signatures were handed in,. Galindo was facing accusations of sexual misconduct. However, another point to be noted is that due to the resignation, as per state law, the seat will be filled by a Democrat.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Maine: Three Orrington Board of Selectmen members facing recall effort

Chairman Allan Snell and Selectmen Charles Green and Christopher Robison are facing recall efforts over the firing of the town manager.

This is the second recall effort this year in Orrington. In January, Selectmen Keith Bowden and Michael Curtis faced peitions over a voter rejection of a $3.5 million public safety building. The petitions were withdrawn "after Bowden stepped down as chairman.." However, Bowden stayed on the board. Both Bowden and Curtis voted to keep the town manager on.

Petitioners would need 206 valid signatures in 30 days.

Arizona: Wickenburg Mayor loses seat in recall vote

Mayor Everett Sickles lost his recall vote on May 21 to former town Councilman Rui Pereira -- the vote 53% to 47%. Turnout was 59%.

Former Town Councilman Ruben Madrid led the recall effort. The issue seems to be Sickles moves against the Chamber of Commerce.

Colorado: Estes Park Mayor Pro Tem set for August 20

Mayor Pro Tem Cody Walker will be facing a special recall election on August 20. The recall will be an all-mail ballot. Petitioners handed in 585 for Walker and need 450, they got 454.



The issue was a change in the code in 2017 to allow commercial activity in a downtown park, which "inadvertently allowed commercial ventures almost anywhere in town or in the Estes Valley."

California: Humboldt City Councilwoman recall scheduled for July 9

Humboldt Councilwoman Dolores Martinez will be up for a recall vote on July 9. 81 signatures were handed in 78 valids; petitioners needed 56. The issue is claims of unprofessional and unethical conduct, though none seem specified.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Brazil: Senators and Deputies considering adopting recall law for President

Following repeated corruption issues, the proposed recall law would open up the president to petitions, which would require signatures from 10% of turnout in the last election. This would lead to a new vote.

The law must be passed twice by three-fifths majority in both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies to go into law.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman to face upcoming recall election

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell is set to face an upcoming recall vote, as petitioners handed in 104 signatures over transparency issues, such as their salaries. Petitioners also aimed recalls at Vice Chairwoman Jessie "Little Doe" Baird and Treasurer Gordon Harris, but could not get enough signatures.

The council members previously tried to expel three other council members from the governing board. There has been significant debate over spending for a proposed $1 billion casino-resort.

Wyoming: Column on Wyoming missing out on recalls

Joan Barron, a longtime state government reporter in Wyoming, has an article looking at the spate of state government recalls, while noting the holes in Wyoming's own recall law. Barron notes that Wyoming only allows recalls for city government commissioners, and the state has "no city with the commission for of government." There has been a recent attempt at a recall against the mayor of Mills. 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Wisconsin: Signatures approved against Merrill Council President and 3 other Aldermen

Signatures were approved against 4 of 5 targeted Merrill Aldermen, including Council President Rob Norton and Aldermen John VanLieshout, Dave Sukow and Tim Meehean. The issue was confusion over a property tax rate increase which was higher than expected (which seems to have been done due to a calculating error).

The City Clerk rejected a protest by the Aldermen that the reasons for the recall were listed on the back of the petitions, not the front.The petitions against Alderman Paul Russell were rejected because signatures were collected to early.

Petitioners need between 109-134 to get on the ballot.

Michigan: New petitions filed against three Flint Council members after second rejection

A third set of petition has been filed against Flint Council members Santino Guerra, Kate Fields and Monica Galloway. The earlier petitions have been rejected on clarity grounds.

A petition against Allan Griggs is still waiting the Election Commission's ruling.

Guerra and Fields were facing a petition over a vote to extend a $12 million waste removal contract. Galloway is facing the petition over being absent for a vote to enter into a $5.6 million contract with a construction company.

Fields claims that Mayor Karen Weaver, Councilmember Eric Mays  and Community Liaison for Economic Development Aonie Gilcreast are behind the recall effort.

Idaho: Recalled Bovill Mayor reports that wife received threatening letters prior to recall vote

Mayor Sam Walker, who was kicked out in a recall vote on May 21, said his wife has received threatening letters at work.

Idaho: Eagle Mayor and Council President facing petitions

Eagle City Council Mayor Stan Rideway and Council President Miranda Gold are facing recall petitions over issues regarding proposals for new apartment permits in the city. Ridgeway is up for reelection in November, so it's not clear what would happen with a recall.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Michigan: Three Burlington Township officials face recall petitions

Burlington Township Clerk Darlene Mack, Treasurer Susan Mack and Trustee Bill Brenner are facing petitions over their vote against milling and processing of Lumber Text Amendment. The petitions must be approved for language and clarity by the Election Commission. Petitioners need 199 signatures to get on the ballot.