Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Oregon: Two Baker City School Board member recalls fail by 3, 10 signatures

The recall against two Baker School Board members has failed by a very close margain. Petitioners needed 913 valid signatures. For one board member, 910 were found valid, the other 900. Petitioners handed in 1066 signatures.

Sounds like there might be some possible complaints:

Green said there were several reasons why certain of the signatures gathered by the petitioners were disqualified. Petitions were signed by people who were not registered to vote and some signatures on the petitions did not match signature cards on file with the County Clerk’s office.
Some signers were inactive voters. In some cases they had not voted in two federal elections or they had moved and their ballots were returned as undeliverable and no attempt had been made to update their voter registration. Both actions render the person ineligible to sign a petition, Green said.
Simply changing addresses at the post office does not update voter registration. That requires separate action, Green said.
Some petitions also were rejected because the circulator had crossed out the date and written over it, Green said.  State law requires that the petition be dated on or after the date of the last signature, and that date cannot be altered.

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