Monday, November 11, 2019

Colorado: Two candidates in recall race against Elizabeth Trustees on December 17

Jason Weiss and Ron Weaver will be running against Trustees Rachel White and June Jurczewsky in the December 17 recall vote. The recall was launched over the Mayor and Councils' support for development proposals.

Recalls against Elizabeth Mayor Megan Vasquez and Trustees Angela Ternus, Steve Gaither, Loren Einspahr, Tammy Payne have made the ballot and should be scheduled for April.  The different time frames is due to the fact that the other officials haven't served six months yet.

California: State Supreme Court looks at proposal to allow judges to defend selves against criticism in context of reelection and recall campaign

This is following the Santa Clara Judge Aaron Persky recall.

Michigan: Arthur Township Supervisor ousted in recall vote

Arthur Township Supervisor Lee Schunk (R) lost a recall vote on election day 94-80 to independent Matthew Bednorek (the Democrats did not field a candidate.

The issue appeared to be the implementation of a fire prevention contract with another jurisdiction's fire department (which is being financed with donations, the critics seemingly want it paid out of the general fund). 

Alaska: Quite a bit more on the Gubernatorial Recall effort

The ruling by the Director of Elections has been appealed to the Supreme Court -- note that Dermot Cole has some great writing on whether the grounds for the recall might work by looking at the 1991 recall effort against Governor Wally Hickel and Lieutenant Governor Jack Coghill (The court helped run out the clock on the effort).

Also, the conservative blog Must Read Alaska, notes that nearly 20% of Alaskan Democrats signed the recall petition, making up 32% of signers (which frankly is surprisingly low). 7% of the signers were Republicans. Most of the signers were Undeclared and Nonpartisan voters (who make up about half of the voters in Alaska).

Additionally, here's my comments on Alaska Public Radio.

Rhode Island: Three Tiverton Council members facing recall threats

Following the ouster of Tiverton Council President Robone of their supporters has launched a recall against new Town Council President Patricia Hilton, Vice President Denise deMedeiros and John Edwards. Edwards was appointed as a replacement to one of the two vacated seats.

The recall was over complaints about an executive session at meetings.

UK: Labour MP, facing possible recall after six month suspension for violating law, agrees not to run for reelection

Labour MP Keith Vaz has agreed not to run for reelection, thereby stopping a potential recall fight. Vaz faced an automatic recall petition after the House of Commons found that there was enough evidence to suspend him for six months after he allegedly expressed "a willingness to help buy cocaine for male prostitutes." A 32 year veteran MP, Vaz has had other issues during his tenure. Because there is an upcoming election, Vaz will avoid the recall by not running in the race.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Wisconsin: Vote to end Miller Park tax which fueled famed 1996 State Senate recall

In a throw-back moment for the recall, Wisconsin State Senate has voted to end a .1% tax for Miller Park, the Brewers Stadium that has collected $600 million. The law was adopted in 1996, when Wisconsin Senator George Petak (R) cast the decisive vote for the law after stating that he wouldn't. The result was that Petak lost his seat in a recall to Kim Plache (D), which flipped the Senate from Republican to Democrat.

Ohio: Newton Falls Councilman, who lost in 1993 recall, survives recall vote and wins reelection

A very interesting result in Newton Falls, where Councilman and Acting Mayor John Baryak (D) survived a recall vote and also won reelection in a separate race at the same time.  The complaint against Baryak was a catch-all one of general misfeasance and failing to properly conduct city business.While there was no candidate in the recall, former Councilwoman Nancy Hoffman lost in the general election, with Baryak garnering 70% of the vote (I have yet to see vote totals for the recall on the election site). Hoffman and Councilman Phillip Beer and former Councilwoman Nancy Hoffman lead the recall effort. Hoffman is running against Baryak in the primary in May.

This unusual recall type (reelection and recall at the same time) is unusual, but we've seen it before, most notably in the 2008 recall and reelection of Michigan Speaker Andy P

Baryak had lost a recall in 1993, so he avoided joining the two-time recall loser club.

Newton Falls is no stranger to recalls, as Mayor Patrick Layshock lost in 2010 to Lyle Waddell.

Colorado: Englewood Councilmember survives recall vote

Englewood Councilmember Laurett Barrentine survived a recall vote earlier this year, but that didn't help her come election time -- she overwhelmingly lost reelection to Joe Anderson, 71%-29%. The recall was over claims of bullying and firing threats. Petitioners included two former mayors.

Massachusetts: Fall River Mayor loses reelection run

Election Day saw the end of the long running saga of Fall River Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II (D), as School Board Member Paul Coogan overwhelmingly won the mayoral election.

Correia, who managed to get only 7% of the vote, had previously taken a temporary absence from the job and quit his run for another term.

Correia recently survived a preliminary election and has moved into a face off against a school committee member and community activist in November.

Correia lost a recall vote in March yet won his seat in the five candidate replacement race, and is once again under indictment, though this time on bribery and extortion charges over his dealings with marijuana vendors.

Correia faced the recall after being indicted for stealing from investors and tax fraud. He 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 Coogan, City Councilor Joseph Camara, School administrator Kyle Riley and Erica Scott-Pacheco.

Georgia: Hoschton Mayor, Councilman recall effort appealed to the state Supreme Court

The effort to recall Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly and Councilman Jim Cleveland is being appealed to the state Supreme Court following a lower court ruling that the recall could go forward. The challenge was after the revelation that Kenerly allegedly withheld consideration of a city administrator candidate because he was black. In an interview, Cleveland discussed his opposition to interracial marriage due to his "Christian beliefs." Georgia has a malfeasance standard rule and they claim that the recall reasons do not meet the "for cause" requirement for a recall.

Petitioners handed in 270 signatures to push through the first stage of the recall. They need 96 valids.

California: Orange County Register article on the governor and LA Mayor recall efforts

The Newsom effort has been covered widely. The effort against Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti effort would need 315,724 signatures by February 6.

Washington, DC: Signature collection ongoing against Council member

An investigation into long-time Council Member Jack Evans (D) has revealed 11 cases where he took action on behalf of paying client Evans claims that he broke no rules. Members of the council are calling for his resignation.

Petitioners have been collecting signatures for a recall, claiming they have 4600. They need 4949 by November 18 to get on the ballot.

Arizona: Two recalls look to remove Congress members over impeachment; Almost certainly not going anywhere

Congressman Greg Stanton (D) is facing a recall threat over his support for impeachment of the president and Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (R) is facing one for a vote against criticizing the president for withdrawing troops from Syria and betraying the Kurds.

The article notes that petitioners would need 65,311 signatures for Stanton and 76,104 for Lesko. However, as we've seen before, even if they get the signatures, the recall is likely to be thrown out by the courts. While there hasn't been a definitive ruling, there is a strong likelihood that recall of federal officials would not be allowed.

Mexico: Congress approves Presidential recall law

The next stage of the adoption of a recall law has passed, as Mexico's Congress approved the adoption of a recall for president 372-75. The recall would need at least 3% of registered voters. Opponents criticized the law for potentially opening the way to multi-terms for a president (Mexico's president is limited to a single six year term).

A majority of state legislatures must pass the law for it to be adopted (the president's party has control of just such a majority).

Michigan: Petitions started against four Traverse School Board

Petitions have been taken out against Traverse School Board President M. Sue Kelly, VP  Jeffrey Leonhardt, Secretary Pamela G. Forton and Trustees Jane E. Klegman over the resignation by mutual agreement of the superintendent for reasons that are unclear. The petitions still need to be approved by the Election Commission.

Petitioners would need about 11,700 signatures to get on the ballot.

There is a claim that the group would have to pay for the recall -- $80,000. I've seen this provision once (in West Virginia), but never in Michigan. I wonder if that is actually constitutional.

Idaho: Middleton School Board member who survived August recall vote kick out in regular election

Middleton School Board Members Tim Winkle, who survived a recall vote on August 27th with 145 voting to oust and 151 voting to keep him in, lost his seat on Election Day. Briggs Miller beat him 376-319.

The recall was over a vote not to renew the High School principal's contact. The principal has accused school administrators of harassing him.

Texas: Rio Bravo Mayor ousted in recall vote

Rio Bravo Mayor Daisy Lee Valdez was ousted in an Election Day recall vote 288-148 (67% against). Valdez faced the recall over claims that she spent $5000 of city money on gift cards. No word on a replacement yet.

Canada: Alberta Legislature debating Recall bill

UCP MLA Mark Smith has introduced a private members' recall bill for the Alberta Legislature. Smith had previously introduced the bill in 2016 as a Wildrose MLA. The recall proposal would oust the MLA if petitioners get 40% of eligible voters signatures in a 60 day period. There is a long grace period -- 18 months after a general election and 6 months before.

Colorado: Brighton Mayor kicked out in recall vote

Brighton Mayor Ken Kreutzer was ousted in a recall  on Election Day, with 70% of voters (6194-2551) casting ballots for his removal. No word on the replacement yet.

The recall is over the firing of the City Manager. The City Manager was allegedly fired because he uncovered $70 million in unused water money and there have been protests over high water bills.

Kreutzer had raised seven times a much money as the pro-recall effort ($11,414-$1600). The recall is on the Election Day ballot (mail-in vote).

Michigan: Flint Mayor, who survived earlier recall vote, loses reelection race

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, who survived a recall vote in 2017, lost her reelection bid.

Idaho: Huntington Mayor, who survived 2018 recall vote, kicked out

Huntington Mayor Richard Cummings, who survived a 2018 recall vote and won the mayor's office last November, was ousted in a recall vote on Election Day. The vote was 93-71 for removal (2 votes were challenged and have not yet been counted).

Cummings was accused of harassment, intimidation and assault over the clean-up of fire that destroyed historic buildings.

Cummings will be replaced by an appointment.

Michigan: Adams Township Board Supervisor, who won office in a 2018 recall, survives recall vote

Adams Township Board Supervisor Mark Nichols, who was elected in a 2018 recall vote, survived a recall vote on Election Day, winning with a 62%-38% margin in his favor. The recall was launched over the repeal of a nuisance ordinance. Nichols was a leader of the recall campaign, which he launched after he received a notice for keeping junk cars in his driveway. He was one of three candidates to win office in the recall effort.

Leading the recall fight against Nichols was former Adams Township Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Rob Glass III, who is running to replace Nichols.

Michigan: Albion Mayor Pro Tempore Recall kick out in recall vote

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.

Petitions were also out against Albion Mayor Dave Atchison  and Councilwoman Jeanette Spicer.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Texas: Rusk Voting on recall changes

Following the ouster of two Rusk councilmembers in a recall in May, the city is voting on changes to the recall law, most notably providing a provision that allows the City Council to keep working if they have less than a quorum after a recall.

Texas: Mercedes Mayor and Commissioner recall petitions rejected by City officials with minimal details

An attempt to recall Mercedes Mayor Henry Hinojosa and Commissioner Leo Vilarreal is being held up by the City Manager despite  handing in more than 500 signatures (not clear how many are needed to get on the ballot).

The rejection seems very odd, as it does not spell out what requirements the petitioners failed to meet and in a meeting the City Manager refused to elaborate.

The petitioner was one of four people arrested at a City Council meeting after the majority of members began a process to censure and remove a freshman Commissioner, Leonel Benavidez, who has been critical of the majority of the council.

Having officials try to kill a recall before it gets to the ballot by exercising control over the process is not that unusual,  especially in Texas. Some more here and here.

Michigan: Arthur Township Supervisor up for recall vote today

Arthur Township Supervisor Lee Schunk (R) is facing a recall vote today over what appears to be the implementation of a fire prevention contract with another jurisdiction's fire department (which is being financed with donations, the critics seemingly want it paid out of the general fund). The Democrats are not running a candidate -- independent Matthew Bednorek is opposing Schunk.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Alaska: Division of Elections Rejects Grounds for Gubernatorial Recall, setting up lawsuits

Update: I am editing the original post to include today's news:

The Alaska Division of Elections unsurprisingly rejected the recall attempt against Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy (R), a ruling that is only the kickoff to lawsuits that may finally decide the shape of Alaska's unique recall law, and may eventually lead to a Supreme Court ruling that results in a recall. The Director of the Division of Elections was tasked with deciding whether the effort to recall Dunleavy meets the for cause statutory "malfeasance standard" requirements to allow a recall on the ballot and that petitions can be taken out by recall proponents.

However, the Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson first submitted a recommendation against the recall effort. Here's an example of a previous negative recommendation against State Senator (and Majority Leader) Kyle Johansen.

We should first put this in some national and state contexts. I wrote the following op-ed on the effort to recall Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy (R) after his line item vetoes.

There have been six other governors who have been threatened with a recall this year, though the Alaska recall effort stands out.

1) Dunleavy is the only Republican facing a recall effort -- the other five are Democrats.

2) This recall drive may be seen as significantly less partisan -- numerous Republicans are involved in the petition effort. The others recall efforts appear to be explicitly partisan to the degree that the state party chairs are publicly involved.

3) Unlike the other states, due to Alaska law, if Dunleavy is removed, he will automatically be replaced by a Republican, his Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer. Oregon has some questions in this area, but the the leaders of the other five recall efforts clearly believe that they will flip the State Executive with a successful recall.

4) Alaska and Washington were the only states among the six facing recall efforts that had a "malfeasance standard," which means that the courts could throw the recall out. This already happened in Washington.

The first three points speak for themselves. But the fourth one is arguably the most important.

Nineteen states allow for a recall of a governor. But there is a big division in what is needed to get a recall on the ballot. In 11 states, including the five mentioned above, there is a political recall law. Under these laws, officials can face a recall for almost any reason. Causes of action, such as alleging actual criminal behavior or incompetence, is not required at all for the recall to move forward.

Alaska has what I call the malfeasance or judicial recall (not to be confused with a recall of a judge) standard, requires that the petitioner show a violation of a law, lack of fitness or some manifest incompetence. These laws vary greatly from state to state. In Illinois, only the governor is covered by recall, and in Virginia, there is no election but rather a judicial hearing. But all of these malfeasance standard states require an agency or the courts to hold that a specific, statutorily delineated bad act was performed by the elected official.

The difference is clear. There have been six state-wide recalls in US history, all in political states. There have been 39 state legislative recalls. Only one (in Washington in 1981) was in a malfeasance standard state.

In Alaska, the malfeasance standard appears to operate quite a bit differently than other states, in such a way that it is almost a hybrid version that may allow political recalls at will.

In Alaska’s case, petitioners must first gather verified signatures amounting to 10% of the turnout in the previous election (28,501), and then have the director of the Division of Elections-- headed by the same Lieutenant Governor who would become governor if Dunleavy is removed -- agree that the reasons stated in the petition meets the cause requirements in Alaska’s law. The Division asks for a recommendation from the Attorney General. If the director approves this, petitioners must then gather signatures amounting to 25% of turnout (71,252 signatures). In the past, the division has rejected recalls against a governor, two state senators and one assembly representative due to a failure to state a valid cause of action.

The conservative Must Read Alaska website, run by Suzanne Downing, has some very good details on the recall efforts that have gone to the division. It seems many recalls do not get to that level, as Alaska has had a good number of local recall elections over the years.

On the other side, longtime columnist Dermot Cole has thoughts on why the recall may be able to go forward.

The big question is how the courts will view this. Despite the strict malfeasance standard language of the Constitution, a 1984 Alaska Supreme Court ruling held that the recall law “should be liberally construed so that the people are permitted to vote and express their will” - at least on the local level. In 2017, a Superior Court judge used this decision to allow a recall to move forward against three Homer City Council members over their support for protesters against the Dakota pipeline. In the end, the Homer recall took place, though all the officials survived the vote. The Homer recall is not the only one to take place in recent years. This liberal construction of the recall has led to at least 27 recalls making the ballot since 2011, including the mayor of Whittier and a city councilman in Sarah Palin’s hometown of Wasilla. The Attorney General's recommendation seems to ignore this discrepancy of how courts have used the recall in the state.

What does this mean? One, as always as usual, we are ending up in the courts before this move forward. Two, the petitioners clearly think they have a good chance of success. But plenty of others have thought that in the past. Will the Alaska Supreme Court accept this liberal approach to recall law and allow it to go forward, or will they dial this effort back? It seems like we are about to find out.

Nebraska: Bellevue looking to adopt law giving right to eject members for sharing documents from closed sessions

Bellevue is looking to allow the City Council to have the right to eject members for two reasons, misconduct or "sharing information from closed sessions that aren't open to the public." This proposal is being criticized as a "dictatorship" move by Councilman Pat Shannon, who himself faced a failed recall effort in 2017 and has been criticized by various media outlets for chilling speech and preventing potential whistleblowers.

Michigan: Adams Township Board Supervisor, who won office in a 2018 recall, up for recall vote on Election Day

Adams Township Board Supervisor Mark Nichols, who was elected in a 2018 recall vote, will be facing the voters on Election Day over the repeal of the nuisance ordinance. Nichols was a leader of the recall campaign, which he launched after he received a notice for keeping junk cars in his driveway. He was one of three candidates to win office in the recall effort.

Leading the recall fight against Nichols is former Adams Township Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Rob Glass III, who is running to replace Nichols.

California: Long Beach Councilwoman, subject of DUI recall attempt, not running for reelection

Councilwoman Jeannie Pearce, who faced a failed recall effort over a late-night drinking incident on the freeway, will not be running for reelection. The Pearce recall failed earlier this year after petitioners handed in almost 9500, but nearly half were rejected. They needed 6363 signatures.

Arizona: Inscription Canyon Ranch Sanitary District holding recall on Election Day

Inscription Canyon Ranch Sanitary District Chairman Bob Hilb will be facing a mail-in ballot recall vote do tomorrow. 

The issue is a wastewater treatment facility and questions about a lawsuit over who pays for its maintenance. 

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Washington: Governor Recall attempt rejected by Supreme Court

An attempt to recall Governor Jay Inslee (D) has been unanimously rejected by the State Supreme Court (and lower courts) for not hitting the for cause requirements of the state's judicial recall/malfeasance standard law. The recall attempt was supposedly over Inslee's out of state trips and failing to declare an emergency over homelessness.

Arizona: Judge rejects Payson Mayor recall's signature gathering amount, resulting in Mayoral recall being thrown off ballot

The recall attempt against Payson Mayor Tom Morrissey is now off the ballot, as the judge ruled that petitioners actually needed significantly more signatures. Petitioners handed in 974 signatures, 821 valids, and thought they needed 770. The Judge ruled that they need 1225.

The controversy is that Morrissey ran unopposed last time. The recall law requires 25% of turnout at the last election for that office. Morrissey claims that they should use the primary race. Petitioners used Morrisey's last contested election in 2020. The Judge felt Morrissey's point won out. No word yet on whether this case is going to be appealed.

There are also recall attempts against Councilmembers Suzy Tubbs-Avakian, Janell Sterner and Jim Ferris over their votes to  fire a town manager and spend and transparency issues.

Opponents of the recall are claiming that the non-recall facing councilmembers "voted against God, out taxpayers at risk in supporting a $43 million prep school project and are trying to bring Chinese and Canadian immigrant students to town to claim taxpayer-funded benefits." Morrisey has said he has nothing to do with the flyer.

In addition, Councilman Steve Smith is now facing petitions over claims that he causes discord at meetings.

Smith was appointed to the seat in a controversial move -- the appointment in between the election for the rest of the council and their inauguration, so there was debate over who should have made the appointment. Smith has since opposed Morrissey and other council members, including filing open meeting violations claims.

Petitioners need 1638 signatures to get the other three recalls on the ballot. Petitioners claim they have over 900 signatures for Ferris, Sterner and Tubbs-Avakia.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Alaska: Trump Tweets Support for Governor Against Recall effort

In the push against the recall, Governor Mike Dunleavy has garnered the support of President Donald Trump, who tweeted:

"My Friend Mike @GovDunleavy of the Great State of Alaska, is being treated very unfairly by the Democrats because he is doing an unbelievable job and fulfilling every one of his promises. Now they are trying to Recall him because his agenda is the Economy, Jobs and protecting... (2nd Tweet) our Military, 2nd Amendment, Energym and so many other things that the Democrats don't care about. Please stop the Dems from hurting a very good and hard-working man! StandTallWithMike.com"


Colorado: Separate Trustee resigns in Nederland; Recall against Mayor and Trustees seems to be set for April 7

Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larson and Trustees Dallas Masters and Julie Gustafson may be facing a recall election, but Trustee James Rawsthorne resigned, complaining about the same issues that petitioners are using to target the three officials.

The recalls are 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.

It looks like the recall vote will be set for April 7, the next regularly scheduled election day.

India: Chhattisgarh government drops recall provision

Chhattisgarh's government has dropped a provision allowing the recall of chairs of civic bodies. The opposition BJP (who lead the county on the national level) opposed the dropping of the provision.

Oregon: Lexington Mayor, who resigned in face of recall, loses race in moot election

Despite her resignation earlier in the month, voters still cast mail-in ballots to kick out Lexington Mayor Marcia Kemp. Kemp would have lost the race 62-42.

The government was shut down for nine days  after councilors did not show up for a budget meeting, which three of the councilors claim that Kemp did not send them "reminders in order to make them look bad" -- Kemp says they didn't show up to make her look bad.

City Councilman Bill Beard survived an October 1 recall vote, 54-43. A city maintenance worker filed the recall effort against Beard, and has since resigned.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Texas: Austin has one of lowest signature requirements in Texas

A recent report from the City Auditor claims that among major Texas cities, only El Paso has a lower signature requirement for a ballot measure. For recalls, petitioners need 10% of total voters for mayor and 10% of registereds in each council district for a city council recall.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

UK: Labour MP facing possible recall after six month suspension for violating law

Labour MP Keith Vaz is now potentially facing a recall effort after the House of Commons found that there was enough evidence to suspend him for six months after he allegedly expressed "a willingness to help buy cocaine for male prostitutes." A 32 year veteran MP, Vaz has had other issues during his tenure. No word yet on how signatures are needed to get the recall on the ballot.

North Dakota: Profile story of ND Governor Ragnvold Nestos, victor in first gubernatorial recall effort

Here's a profile of former North Dakota Governor Ragnvold Nestos, the victor in the first Gubentorial Recall in US History (defeating Lynn J. Frazier in 1921).

Monday, October 28, 2019

Alaska: Governor makes public relations swing in national conservative media against recall effort

Governor Mike Dunleavy (R) has gone on a nationwide offensive to defend against the recall, which others note that it may be an effort to help raise money for a potential campaign against the recall down the road. The article notes that the effort is unusual, as Dunleavy generally "avoids traveling, public speaking and formal interviews" and has rejected requests to speak from all media in Alaska.

Notably, Alaska has a loophole in its campaign finance laws allowing unlimited donations to recall efforts (Wisconsin has a similar provision).

Nevada: Former GOP Senate recall candidate apologized to targeted State Senator for recall effort

Dr. Carrie Buck, who was set to be the Republican candidate in last year's failed recall effort against State Senate Joyce Woodhouse (D), apologized for the effort in text messages as she asked for a meeting to get Woodhouse's help in attempting to be appointed state superintendent. Buck lost to Woodhouse in 2016 and is running again for the seat in 2020 (Woodhouse is term-limited).

Michigan: Traverse School Board facing recall threats over superintendent ouster

Following the resignation by mutual agreement of the superintendent for reasons that are unclear, there is a discussion to recall members of the board -- President M. Sue Kelly, VP Doris E. Ellery, Treasurer Matt R. Anderson, Secretary Pamela G. Forton and Trustees Jane E. Klegman, Jeffrey A. Leonhardt and Erica L Moon Mohr over lack of transparency issues. Petitioners would need about 11,000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Colorado: Brighton Mayor outraising pro-recall effort in fundraising campaign

Brighton Mayor Ken Kreutzer has raised seven times a much money as the pro-recall effort ($11,414-$1600). The recall is on the Election Day ballot (mail-in vote). The recall is over the firing of the City Manager. The City Manager was allegedly fired because he uncovered $70 million in unused water money.

Petitioners handed in 1782 signatures, they needed 1136 signatures.

Nebraska: Signatures handed in against Broken Bow Mayor

Signatures have been handed in against Broken Bow Mayor Johnathan Berghost over claims of a hostile work environment, operating with out council approval and allegedly threatening police officers. Petitioners handed in 476 signatures, they need 410 valid signatures.

Colorado: Recall against Elizabeth Mayor and four Trustees scheduled for April; Two others facing December vote

The recall against Elizabeth Mayor Megan Vasquez and Trustees Angela Ternus, Steve Gaither, Loren Einspahr, Tammy Payne has made the ballot and should be scheduled for April. The recall was launched over the Mayor and Councils' support for development proposals.

 Trustees Rachel White and June Jurczewsky, are facing a December 17 vote. The different time frames is due to the fact that the other officials haven't served six months yet.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Virginia: Five Warren County Supervisors facing recall trial efforts

Five Warren County Supervisors, Daniel J. Murray, Thomas H. Sayre, Tony F. Carter, Archie A. Fox and Linda Glavis, are facing recall efforts after they were indicted over misdemeanor charges over failing to act when $21 Million in county funds were embezzled with Economic Development Authority. The Warren County Sheriff committed suicide during the indictment process.

The Supervisors would face a recall trial -- something that only Virginia has -- if petitioners hand in between 100 and 250 signatures. Petitioners handed in 941 signatures, though it actually sounds like it needs to be significantly more. If the signatures are accepted, the judge would then hold a trial to decide whether the officials can retain their offices.

California: Signatures handed in against El Rancho School Board President and Member

Petitioners may have collected enough signatures to get El Rancho School Board President Jose Lara and member Leeanne Ibarra in Pico Rivera on the ballot. They claim they will hand in 9760 signatures for Lara and 9680 for Ibarra. They need 6509 signatures to get on the ballot.

The El Rancho Federation of Teachers supported the recall effort. The issues include questions over suspected bond mismanagement, rehiring of a construction company and principal firing and reassignment. The recall effort allegedly cost only $7000 to mount.

Texas: Austin Mayor and five City Councilmembers facing recall efforts

Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Council members Natsha Harper-Madison, Sabino Renteria, Ann Kitchen, Paige Ellis and Kathie Tovo are all facing recall efforts from a Political Action Committee. The other five council members have terms ending in 2020. The leader of the effort previously sued the council over a voter proposition on a Major League Soccer stadium deal, and tried to get people dressed in zombie costumes and weddings out of graveyards.

Petitioners need 57,340 signatures for Adler and somewhere in the neighborhood of 4884 for Kitchen -- not clear what each of the rest will be.

Rhode Island: Tiverton Council replacements named

Following the ouster of Tiverton Council President Robert Coulter and Vice President Justin Katz, two new councilmembers were appointed, Stephen Clarke and John Edwards V as replacements. The Town Solicitor resigned due to his past work with Katz.
The recall is over complaints about an executive session at meetings.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Arizona: Governor calls for new way to push out elected county officials

Governor Doug Ducey has called for a new way to toss out county officials after Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen was arrested for an alleged rile in an international adoption business earlier this month. Petersen is subject to recall law, but the article notes the sheer numbers of signatures required and the delay in scheduling an election may make it unfeasible.

Texas: Rio Bravo Mayor facing recall vote on Election Day

Rio Bravo Mayor Daisy Lee Valdez is facing a recall vote on November 5th over claims that she spent $5000 of city money on gift cards.

North Dakota: Two Williams School Board Members facing recall petitions

Williams School Board President Penny Soiseth and Vice President Curt Sullivan are facing petitions over complaints about transparency and a push for $12 million to expanded Williston High School.  Petitioners need 24 signatures for each.

Update: Petitioners handed in 45 signatures.

California: Banning City Councilman recall rejected for failing to meet requirements

An attempt to recall Banning City Councilman David Happe has been rejected  by the Election Commission for not providing proper notice. The issue seems to be a vote for an 80 unit apartment complex, though there's also a complaint about "disparaging veterans" due to a comment about purple hearts.

Former Councilman Jerry Westholder seems to be involved in the recall effort. No word on whether the petitioners will try again.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Colorado: Senate Majority Leader recall effort fails, with only 4 signatures handed in

Despite just claiming that they had enough signatures to get on the ballot, Republicans only turned in a protest four signatures for the recall of Senate President Leroy Garcia (D) -- they needed 13506.

The Colorado recall fights are now seemingly over, as four other attempted recalls against Colorado officials failed to turn in signatures (and one other Representative resigned for what she claimed was other reasons).

Garcia's was considered the most serious of the recall threats, as he represents the district that former Senator Angela Giron (D) was in for her 2013 recall.

One of the articles notes that the reasons more signatures weren't handed in was because they worried about "doxxing" of the signers, though another claim that it is because "Colorado law would have prevented those people from signing on for any future recall effort against Garcia." This doesn't sound accurate, but perhaps there is something else to the law.

Friday, October 18, 2019

California: Signature verified against Foster City Vice Mayor -- Recall scheduled for March 3

Foster City Vice Mayor Herb Perez looks like he will face a vote, as election officials verified enough signatures to get on the ballot. Petitioners handed in 4380 and got 3913. They needed 3314. The recall claims that it is about complaints about his conduct and "pro development agenda." Perez claims the issue is housing.

The city is looking to hold the recall on the statewide primary day, March 3, 2020. However, it may end up being a special election (the difference in cost could be between $71,900-$86,280 for the primary day and $257905-$309-486 for a special).

Update: The Recall has been scheduled for March 3 -- it will be the first in the city since 1977.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Massachusetts: Fall River Mayor takes leave of absence and quits run for new term

The saga of Fall River Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II (D) seems to be hurtling to a conclusion, as he announced that he is taking a temporary absence from the job and quitting his run for another term.

Correia recently survived a preliminary election and has moved into a face off against a school committee member and community activist in November.

Correia lost a recall vote in March yet won his seat in the five candidate replacement race, and is once again under indictment, though this time on bribery and extortion charges over his dealings with marijuana vendors.

Correia faced the recall after being indicted for stealing from investors and tax fraud. He 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. Coogan came in first in the preliminary election.

Nebraska: Two Antelope Commissioners kicked out in recall vote

Antelope Commissioners Tom Borer (337-187) and Allan Bentley (307-174) were kicked out in a mail-in election. The recall was over claims of mismanagement of funds, mistreatment of officials and spending money on an outside attorney after a state patrol investigation.

Replacements will be appointed by the remaining three commissioners.

Wisconsin: Door County Supervisor recall on the November ballot

Door County Supervisor Roy Englebert will be on the ballot in November over 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. The recall is the first against a supervisor in the county since 2002.

Australia: Poll on potential recall law

Here's the results of a poll of Australia's parliamentarians -- 72% oppose a recall law, though the public apparently does want such a law.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Colorado: Republicans claim they have signatures for Senate President recall

Republicans are claiming that they have enough signatures to get a recall against Senate President Leroy Garcia (D). Petitioners would need 13506 signatures by Friday -- they have failed in four other attempted recalls against Colorado officials (and one other Representative resigned).

The story notes that they are hoping for the same result as they had against Angela Giron in 2013. Note that recall had one of the lowest signature gathering rate failures that I've seen.

Mexico: Senate passes Presidential Recall Election Law

Mexico's Senate has passed a recall election law for the President, as President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says the law would require him to face a recall vote halfway through his term. Obrador originally proposed a recall every two years.

Obrador is disputing the claim that he is trying to use these changes as a way to seek a second term (Mexico limits presidents to a single six year term). The law passed the lower house, but Obrador's supporters do not appear to have the 2/3rds vote needed to get a constitutional amendment passed.

Oregon: Two Governor Kate Brown Petition fails -- one doesn't turn in signatures, the other doesn't have enough

The attempts to recall Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) failed. The big organized effort led by Republican leaders did not turn in any signatures -- they claim to have been 10% short of the 280,050 needed, though as a general rule, these claims of just missing the signature number should be taken with several oceans' full of salt. They suggest they may try again in the future.

A second petition did get handed in featuring 23,926 pages of signatures, but with only 10 signatures max per page they clearly didn't have enough signatures, it was rejected.

For some background, Bill Currier, the chairman of the State Republican Party, filed the original 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.

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." 

This has led to serious questions of who would replace Brown.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

UK: Electoral Commission recommends cutting signature gathering from 6 to 4 weeks

The UK Electoral Commission has recommended cutting the signature gathering period for a recall from 6 weeks to 4 weeks, as well as provide more secrecy on signatures. They are also suggesting a singing sheet for opposing the recall.

Georgia: Opinion piece calls into question basis for Hoschton Mayor, Councilman recall

A judge in Georgia has approved the recall effort against Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly and Councilman Jim Cleveland, and this op-ed takes issue with whether the judge used an extremely elastic view of the malfeasance standard. Unlike many other opeds against recalls, this one is worth reading, as it deals with the specifics of Georgia's recall law, rather than whether recalls should be allowed at all.

This op-ed notes that the judge takes a very lenient view of malfeasance. Georgia requires that the recall meet a set of "for cause" requirements. The recall was started after Kenerly allegedly withheld consideration of a city administrator candidate because he was black. In an interview, Cleveland discussed his opposition to interracial marriage due to his "Christian beliefs."

California: Signatures handed in against Buena Park City Councilwoman

Petitioners handed in about 2100 signatures calling for the recall of Buena Park City Councilwoman Youngsun "Sunny" Park (D) after she was charged with allegedly stealing campaign signs that attacked her. Petitioners need about 1875 valids to get to the ballot.

Park beat Virginia Vaughn (R), the incumbent mayor, by 16 votes -- 1560-1544.

Colorado: December 17 Recall Election scheduled for two Elizabeth Trustees

A recall against Elizabeth Trustees  Rachel White and June Jurczewsky has been scheduled for December 17. The effort is over development issues, with petitioners claiming that the town has more demands on services. Signatures have also been handed in against Mayor Megan Vasquez and Trustees Angela Ternus, Steve Gaither, Loren Einspahr and Tammy Payne, though those recall efforts are currently held up in court over a notary issue.

Oregon: Petitioners claim to be close to Governor recall signatures; deadline is October 14

Petitioners have until Monday to handed in signatures for the recall of Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D). They claim they are close to the 280,050 needed to get the recall on the ballot.

Note that being close to 280,050 would almost certainly not be enough. The lowest signature rejection rate I've seen is 6% in a Colorado Senate race. Generally, it can range from 15-40%, so they almost certainly need over 300,000 to get on the ballot.

There is also a significant issue over who would replace Brown that has not been decided.

Taiwan: Signatures to be handed in against Kaohsiung Mayor/Kuomintang Presidential candidate

Petitioners claim to have gathered the 300,000 signatures needed to get Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yuto on the ballot (they seem to need about 228,000 -- 10% of city inhabitants). Han was also just nominated as the Kuomintang Presidential candidate, and is being threatened with a recall following flooding in the town (though presumably this may be part of the presidential political wrangling). There is an absentee voter provision -- 25% of eligible voters must cast ballots for the recall to count.

Update: Petitioners claim to have enough signatures to get on the ballot.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Rhode Island: Tiverton Council President and VP kicked out in recall vote

Tiverton Council President Robert Coulter (1594-75) and Vice President Justin Katz (1589-80) were both kick out of office in a recall vote. The low votes for Coulter and Katz has a lot to do with strategy, as there was an absentee veto provision in the recall law.  The absentee veto means that turnout has to exceed 40% of 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). Both of them easily topped that total.

The recall is over complaints about an executive session at meetings. The lead petitioner, William McLaughlin, lost as a council candidate in November.

Oregon: Lexington Mayor resigns in face of recall; City Council member survives recall

Lexington Mayor Marcia Kemp resigned in the face of an October 22 vote. The government was shut down for nine days  after councilors did not show up for a budget meeting, which three of the councilors claim that Kemp did not send them "reminders in order to make them look bad" -- Kemp says they didn't show up to make her look bad.

City Councilman Bill Beard survived an October 1 recall vote, 54-43. A city maintenance worker filed the recall effort against Beard, and has since resigned.

California: Dixie School Board member who faced recall effort resigns

Dixie School District Trustee Marnie Glickman, who faced a has failed recall effort earlier this year, has resigned her seat.

Glickman had previously announced she would not run for reelection -- petitioners did not hand in any signatures.  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.

The article did note that many school board members resign early from their seats.

North Dakota: Belfield Mayor resigns in face of recall

Belfield Mayor Ken Solberg resigned after signatures were handed in over claims that he disregarded the city council recommendations and took "matters into his own hands" in dealing with city business. Petitioners handed in 66 signatures and they were in the process of being verified before the resignation.

Update: The Council will be appointing a replacement from its own four members.

Nebraska: Petitions filed against Waverly City Councilman

Petitions have been taken out against Waverly City Councilmember Bill Gerdes. The issue seems to be approval of a development project. Petitioners need 226 signatures to get on the ballot.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Oklahoma: Four Pawhuska Councilors survive recall vote

Pawhuska Councilors John Brazee (407-178), Mark Buchanan (369-202), Rodger Milleson (397-188) and Roger Taylor (392-`93) all survived a recall vote over the firing and subsequent rehiring a police chief. The fifth councilor, Jourdan Foran, is exempt from the recall because he just took office.

Oregon: Metolius Mayor kicked out in recall vote

Metolius Mayor John Chavez was kicked out of office in a recall vote, 124-73. The issue was allegations that he concealed his criminal record, including an assault case from fighting with his brother and a DUII in March. He was also arrested for only completing 2 days of a 10 day jail sentence. The leader of the recall was former City Councilor Tryna Muilenburg, who lost the 2018 race to Chavez by one vote. Turnout (or return of the mail-in ballots) was about 35%.

The seat will be filled by appointment.

California: New law allows official facing recall to have party preference listed on ballot

Here on SB 151 (sponsored by Senator Thomas Umberg)

Monday, October 7, 2019

California: Look at the History of recalls against Governors

A good video segment/write-up on the challenges of recalling a governor in California. It has been tried 87 times, and gotten to the ballot once. Jerry Brown faced 12 recall attempts (5 during his first two terms as governor, five during his second stint, and two as State AG).

Michigan: Recall effort launched against State Representative indicted over bribery and extortion charges

The recall effort against Michigan State Representative Larry C. Inman (R) has started, though Inman's attorney has a strange argument that the recall petition is unconstitutional because it prejudicies his trial. Inman was indicted over attempted extortion, bribery and lying to the FBI continues, with the House voting 98-8 to call for his resignation. Inman is accused of trying to get a bribe from a union group for a vote to repeal the state's prevailing wage law. He has been prevented from going to his old office, though he is able to go onto the House floor. Inman blamed an opiod addiction.

Petitions are being collected and would need 12201 signatures in 60 days to get on the ballot.

Texas: Leon Valley City Council members facing recall effort

Leon Valley City Council members Donna Charles and Monica Alococer are facing recall efforts after their vote to kick out Councilman Benny Martinez over sexual harassment complaint. Petitioners need 500 signatures each to get a recall on the ballot.

Texas: San Antonio Express Editorial opposing specific recalls, though calling it "an important check on government"

Here's a San Antonio Express editorial on recalls, noting that: "When dsyfunction fever is running high within an elected body, a recall can be the appropriate medicine."

However, it goes on to say that it should "only be prescribed in rare circumstances and never to threaten elected officials who might make sound, but unpopular, decisions. Unhappy with those decisions? That's what elections are for. Not recalls."

California: Antelope Valley School District members recall effort fails

The recall effort against Antelope Valley Union High School District President Robert Davis, VP Victoria Ruffin and Clerk Amanda Parrell failed. The effort was over an agreement with a law firm investigating discrimination and disparate treatment of minority students and in hiring decisions. Petitioners would have needed between 6833 and 7964 signatures to get on the ballot. Petitioners claimed to have gotten 12000 totals, though it doesn't seem to have handed in the signatures.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Colorado:Signatures verified in Nederland Mayor and Trustees recall

Petitioners handed in enough signatures to get recalls against Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larson and Trustees Dallas Masters and Julie Gustafson on the ballot. Petitioners handed in 64 for Larsen and 59 were approved. They needed 58. Gustafson had 59 turned in, 55 approved and needed 47. Masters had 64 turned in, got 59 and needed only 47.

The recalls are 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.

Update: A court rejected complaints against the recall effort, so now we are waiting on setting a date

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Colorado: Group behind Colorado Governor recall effort gave $11,000 as gifts to employees and board members

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Georgia: Judge greenlights recall effort against Hoschton Mayor, Councilman over racist comments/behavior

A Judge has allowed the recall of Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly and Councilman Jim Cleveland to go forward. The challenge was after the revelation that Kenerly allegedly withheld consideration of a city administrator candidate because he was black. In an interview, Cleveland discussed his opposition to interracial marriage due to his "Christian beliefs." Georgia has a malfeasance standard rule and they claim that the recall reasons do not meet the "for cause" requirement for a recall.

Petitioners handed in 270 signatures to push through the first stage of the recall they need 96 valids.

Massachusetts: Milford Town Meeting rejects lower recall requirements

Milford voters rejected an attempt to loosen the recall standards, so that only 10% of signatures would be needed to get on the ballot, and only 15% of voters would have to vote in their absentee veto provision.

Colorado: Recall gets enough signatures against Elizabeth Mayor and Trustees

Petitioners handed in enough signatures against Elizabeth Mayor Megan Vasquez and Trustees Angela Ternus, Rachel White, June Jurczewsky, Steve Gaither, Loren Einspahr, Tammy Payne for an upcoming recall vote. The effort is over development issues, with petitioners claiming that the town has more demands on services. Petitioners needed 53 signatures for Vasquez and between 33-36 for the others.

Arizona: Three Continental County Club Board members removed

Continental County Club Board Members John Keegan, Robert Hoadley and Dusty Rhoton were ousted in a recall vote over supporting short-term rentals in the area. 500 of 926 ballots were turned in (about half of the homeowners). The three will be replaced by appointment.

Tennessee: State Attorney General questions constitutionality of Jackson-Madison School Board recall law

The recall effort against Jackson-Madison County School Board member Doris Black may now be facing a significant hurdle, as State Attorney General Herbert Slatery III has raised constitutional questions of Madison County's Recall law.

Slatery is calling into question the fact the state bill that approved the recall for Madison County only involves a "narrow population bracket" -- counties with populations between 98,200 and 98,300, which is only Madison -- as well as the severability provision (if part of the bill is found illegal, the rest can be severed and survive).

The recall is taking place just after Governor signed a law allowing recalls in the Madison County Board of Education members. There is no replacement race if Black is removed. It would be an appointment to fill the slot.

Black is currently set to be facing a recall vote on December 10. The recall effort seemed to be over her opposition to the Superintendent's 10-year plan, though there is now a different list of complaints.

In addition to Black, Chairman Kevin Alexander and Janice Hampton were both facing recall efforts.

Rhode Island: Tiverton Council President and VP push for voters not to cast ballots in recall election on October 10

Tiverton Council President Robert Coulter and Vice President Justin Katz are using the absentee veto provision in the recall law as an electoral strategy and asking voters not to show up to vote.  The absentee veto means that 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).

The recall is 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.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Georgia: Judge set to hear arguments against Hoschton Mayor, Councilman recall over racist comments/behavior

A judge is set to hear arguments in the recall of Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly and Councilman Jim Cleveland after the revelation that Kenerly allegedly withheld consideration of a city administrator candidate because he was black. In an interview, Cleveland discussed his opposition to interracial marriage due to his "Christian beliefs." Georgia has a malfeasance standard rule and they claim that the recall reasons do not meet the "for cause" requirement for a recall.

Petitioners handed in 270 signatures to push through the first stage of the recall they need 96 valids.

Texas: Forest Hill Mayor indicted for alleged false witnessing of signatures on recall petition

Forest Hill Mayor Gerald Joubert has been indicted on witness tampering charges for claims that he did not properly witness the signatures on a recall effort last year to remove former Councilwoman Stephanie Boardman.

The recall attempt against Councilwoman Stephanie Boardingham was tossed out. Petitioners claimed about her vote on matter dealing with her business (a market), spending money on car rentals and hotel rooms. She also filed a lawsuit against the city in 2016 over a flea market that she operated. Petitioners handed in 322 signatures.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Wisconsin: Second petition filed against Door County Supervisor

A second attempted recall against Door County Supervisor Roy Englebert has been submitted. The first petitions were rejected due to eorrs and invalud signatures. A recall against Door County Supervisors John Neinas is not occurring, as he is not running in the spring election.

The recall is over 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. Petitioners claim they have 218 signatures.

Massachusetts: Milford Town Meeting lowers recall requirement

Milford's recall law required signatures from 20% of registered voters and had an added absentee veto requirement that 25% turnout (as well as a majority vote against the official) for the recall to take effect. The new law lowers the signature requirement to 10% and the absentee veto requirement to 15% of voters needing to cast ballots.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

North Dakota: Former Richland County School Board Member who was kicked out in 2018 recall arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot 20 people

Former Richland County School Board Member Joshua Mjoness, who was kicked out with fellow school Board members Lisa Amundson and Sarah Myers in a recall vote in 2018, was arrested (in Yellowstone National Park) due to allegedly threatening to shoot 20 people in an office in Boise. Mjoness was upset that his wife was having an "emotional affair"

The 2018 recall was over investigations of alleged sexual misconduct by students and basketball players.

Nebraska: Petitions taken out against two Leshara Trustee members

Leshara Village Trustees Dale Johnson and Dennis Beers are facing petitions over violating the open meeting act and a vote on road maintenance. A third member is also being targeted, though the name has not been revealed yet.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Tennessee: Jackson-Madison School Board Member recall set for December 10

Jackson-Madison County School Board member Doris Black will be facing a recall vote on December 10. Petitioners handed in 1219 signatures and they needed 1151 (66% of the her vote total from the last election). 967 were found to be valid. Petitioners have until September 23 to get enough signatures.

The recall effort seemed to be over her opposition to the Superintendent's 10-year plan, though there is now a different list of complaints.

 In addition to Black, Chairman Kevin Alexander and Janice Hampton were both facing recall efforts.

The recall is taking place just after Governor signed a law allowing recalls in the Madison County Board of Education members. There is no replacement race if Black is removed. It would be an appointment to fill the slot.

Arizona: Payson Mayor recall gets on the ballot

Payson Mayor Tom Morrissey will be on the ballot, with petitioners handing in over 770 signatures. They claimed to have submitted 974 signatures -- they need 770.

There are also recall attempts against Councilmembers Suzy Tubbs-Avakian, Janell Sterner and Jim Ferris over their votes to  fire a town manager and spend and transparency issues.

Opponents of the recall are claiming that the non-recall facing councilmembers "voted against God, out taxpayers at risk in supporting a $43 million prep school project and are trying to bring Chinese and Canadian immigrant students to town to claim taxpayer-funded benefits." Morrisey has said he has nothing to do with the flyer.

In addition, Councilman Steve Smith is now facing petitions over claims that he causes discord at meetings.

Smith was appointed to the seat in a controversial move -- the appointment in between the election for the rest of the council and their inauguration, so there was debate over who should have made the appointment. Smith has since opposed Morrissey and other council members, including filing open meeting violations claims.

Petitioners need 1638 signatures to get the other three recalls on the ballot. Petitioners claim they have over 900 signatures for Ferris, Sterner and Tubbs-Avakia.

Update: The Mayor is suing to stop the recall, though the date has been set by the clerk

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Maine: Four Mechanic Falls Councilors survive recall vote due to absentee veto provision

A recall against Mechanic Falls Councilmembers failed thanks to an absentee veto. Voters needed to get voter turnout to be at least 30% of the amount cast in the 2018 gubernatorial election in the district -- 384. However, only 376 actually voted. The vote against Chair Cathy Fifield was 317-57 , Vice Chair Wayne Hackett 332-43 and Councilors Nicholas Konstantoulakis 235-137 and John Emery 196-178. The issue was a 4-1 vote to dismiss Town Manager Zakk Maher in what is alleged to be a violation of the Open Meeting Act.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Maine: Four Mechanic Falls Councilors up for a vote on September 24

A recall against Mechanic Falls Council Chair Cathy Fifield (242), Vice Chair Wayne Hackett (248) and Councilors Nicholas Konstantoulakis (231) and John Emery (224) is set for September 24. The issue was a 4-1 vote to dismiss Town Manager Zakk Maher in what is alleged to be a violation of the Open Meeting Act.

Petitioners needed 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 -- that is 384.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Massachusetts: Fall River Mayor survived a preliminary election; Will be on the ballot for vote in November

Fall River Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II (D) survived a preliminary election and has moved into a face off against a school committee member and community activist in November. Both of these are candidates who he beat in the recall replacement race in March.

Correia lost a recall vote in March yet won his seat in the five candidate replacement race, and is once again under indictment, though this time on bribery and extortion charges over his dealings with marijuana vendors.

Correia faced the recall after being indicted for stealing from investors and tax fraud. He 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.

Virginia: Signatures handed in against Strasburg Mayor after DUI

Petitions have been taken out against Strasburg Mayor Richard Orndorff Jr. after he drove a recreational vehicle into the town library and was charged with a DUI. Petitioners handed in 112 signatures and need 80 signatures.

Washington, DC: Signature collection ongoing against Council member

The recall effort against Council Member Jack Evans (D) is continuing, with petitioners claiming ovr 3100 signatures. The recall is over a probe into financial dealings has been delayed to a failure by the recall group to submit campaign finance paperwork. This could be a end the effort, as DC has a year end of term grace period, and Evans' term ends in 2020.

Petitioners need 5500 valids to get on the ballot.


Nebraska: Geneva Mayor recall effort fails

The recall effort against Geneva Mayor Eric Kamler failed, with no signatures handed in. The recall was over non-specific claims of irresponsible behavior, though Kamler claims that the recall is over his age (he is 28). Petitioners needed 332 signatures.

Massachusetts: State Police Union Chief resigns right before recall vote

Massachusetts State Police Union Chief Mark Lynch resigned in the face of a scheduled recall. Lynch was appointed in October after the previous president resigned (and was indicted on racketeering and other charges).

Idaho: Recall efforts against Three Bannock County Commissioners and County Assessor fails

The recall effort of Bannock County Commissioners Terrel "Ned" Tovey, Steve Brown and Ernie Moser and County Assessor Sheri Davies has failed, with petitioners not turning in signatures. They claimed that failing to turn in signatures was a "strategic" decision -- voter turnout would be too low for the recall to succeed (due to the absentee veto explained below).

The recall was over a property tax increases. 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 9101 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.

Michigan: Putnam Township Supervisor facing recall threat over road assessment

Putnam Township Dennis Brennan is facing a threatened recall over a vote on refunding of some of the assessment to property owners for paved road that the city built. One other resident is claiming that the money should instead be used to pave another branch road (where his property is).

New Mexico: Aztec Mayor and Commissioners recall fails to meet malfeasance standard

A recall attempted against Aztec Mayor Victor Snover and Commissioners Rosalyn Fry and Mark Lewis was rejected because it didn't meet the New Mexico malfeasance standards. The three had voted against a resolution on "second amendment preservation" -- meaning that the city would not enforce gun control laws.

California: Rancho Santa Margarita Councilman facing recall effort over high-density housing plan

Rancho Santa Margarita Councilman Tony Beall is facing a recall effort over his support for a rezoning project to turn it into high-density housing. Petitioners need about 5700 signatures in 120 days.

Wisconsin: Racine County D.A. facing recall effort over police shooting

Racine County District Attorney Tricia Hanson is facing a recall effort after she did not file charges against a Mount Pleasant Police Sergeant following the shooting death of a suspect during an arrest.
Petitioners need about 22,000 signatures inn 60 days to get on the ballot.

California: Signature handed in against Foster City Vice Mayor

Petitioners handed in 4389 signatures for a recall of Foster City Vice Mayor Herb Perez over complaints about his conduct and "pro development agenda." Perez claims the issue is housing.  Petitioners need 3314 valid.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Mashpee Wampanoag Recall canceled just days before recall vote

The recall of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell and Treasurer Gordon Harris were canceled just days before the scheduled vote on September 15. 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

Friday, September 13, 2019

California: Former Santa Clara Judge fired from job coaching tennis

Former Santa Clara Judge Aaron Persky, who was removed in the first recall/removal of a judge in the US since 1977, was fired from his job as a girls' high school tennis coach. Persky was targeted over his sentencing of Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to a six month jail term for sexual assault.

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

Nine-term Midland City Councilman Marty Wazbinski is now facing petitions, after being rejected three tomes 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.

California: Redondo Beach Councilman facing recall threats

Redondo Beach Councilman John Gran is facing a recall effort after switching his vote to cast one against a study to explore using the LA County Fire Department. Petitioners would need 2344 signatures to get on the ballot.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Colorado: State Senator Proposes changes to recall act

Colorado State Senator Jack Tate (R) has introduced a bill to change the recall act. Note it has a provision similar to Michigan's factual standard and an interesting provision restricting recall petitions against state legislators when the assembly is in session. Here's the key provisions -- Tate notes that the recall was adopted in 1912, though I'm unclear if and when the state moved away from a malfeasance standard.

The Colorado Valuing Open, Truthful, and Ethical Recalls (Colorado VOTER) Act includes:

  • Keeping taxpayer-funded ballot language factual. The law would explicitly state that petition recall statements ("statement of grounds") may not contain unlawful or defamatory language and are limited to statements of verifiable fact.
  • Protecting citizens’ right to representation when a state legislator is subjected to a recall effort. The Colorado VOTER Act restricts the filing or circulation of a recall petition of a state officer during the 120 days when the General Assembly is in session, reducing the amount of disruption a recall can cause when lawmakers are at the Capitol.
  • Full disclosure on the cost of recalls so that electors can make informed decisions. The measure requires the recall petition to include a disclosure of the estimated taxpayer cost to administer the petition campaign and a recall election, if the petition campaign is successful  

Tennessee: Signatures handed in against Jackson-Madison School Board Member

The recall against Jackson-Madison County School Board member Doris Black has not yet cleared the signature hurdle. Pettioners handed in 1189 signatures and they need 1151 (66% of the her vote total from the last election). 967 were found to be valid. Petitioners have until September 23 to get enough signatures.

The recall effort seemed to be over her opposition to the Superintendent's 10-year plan, though there is now a different list of complaints.

 In addition to Black, Chairman Kevin Alexander and Janice Hampton were both facing recall efforts.

The recall is taking place just after Governor signed a law allowing recalls in the Madison County Board of Education members. There is no replacement race if Black is removed. It would be an appointment to fill the slot.

California: Gubernatorial recall efforts start

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Texas: Kyle Mayor and City Council members facing recall efforts

Kyle Mayor Travis Mitchell and City Council Member Rick Koch are facing recall efforts, with a push for a vote on an rfp for a municipal complex among other issues. Petitioners would need 3403 signatures to get on the ballot. There was last a recall attempt in 2003 against former Mayor James Adkins.

Colorado: Two State Senate Recall fails

The attempts to recall Colorado Senators Pete Lee (D) and Brittany Pettersen (D) failed with no signatures handed in. Only one recall effort, against Senate President Leroy Garcia, is still outstanding.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Alaska: Longtime Columnist looks at the legal issues of past Alaska recall attempts

Longtime Alaska State Government reporter Dermot Cole has a great examination of the previous recall rejections and provides some thoughts as to why the Governor Mike Dunleavy recall may be different.

I'm really not sure how the courts may rule (Alaska's recall law seems to be a one of a kind), so it's great to have some people with experience provide a road-map to what has happened and what they think will happen.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Oregon: Petitions filed against Democratic House Representative

State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell (D) is the latest Democratic legislator to face a recall effort, which seems to be lead by a group called "Timber Unity." Petitioners claim they have no role in the Governor Kate Brown (D) recall attempt, though they support the effort.

Petitioners would need 4883 signatures in 90 days. If Mitchell would be recalled, there is no replacement race. Commissioners in the four counties they represent would be required to choose a Democrat as a replacement.

Massachusetts: Fall River Mayor, who lost a recall vote but won replacement race, now facing another indictment over bribery/extortion charges with marijuana vendors to remain in office

Fall River Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II (D), who lost a recall vote in March yet won his seat in the five candidate replacement race, is once again under indictment, though this time on bribery and extortion charges over his dealings with marijuana vendors.

Correia faced the recall after being indicted for stealing from investors and tax fraud. He 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.

Can Correia face another recall? Looking at the recall provision he can, though not until 270 days after his last one. The Fall River recall provision does not contain a "double jeopardy" clause (preventing two recalls in one term). However, even if if it did, I suspect that would be inoperative. Correia is on a second term -- this term would probably be seen as a separate one from the one he was recalled from. 

Idaho: Ammon water rates lead to threats of recall efforts

High water rates have led to a petition in Ammon calling for lower bills, with threats being made for a recall against Mayor Sean Coletti and city council members.

Georgia: Signatures handed in against Hoschton Mayor, Councilman over racist comments/behavior

Petitioners handed in 270 signatures for the recall of Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly and Councilman Jim Cleveland after the revelation that Kenerly allegedly withheld consideration of a city administrator candidate because he was black. In an interview, Cleveland discussed his opposition to interracial marriage due to his "Christian beliefs."

Petitioners need to get 96 valids to pass the first stage of the recall effort.

Oregon: Metolius Mayor recall on the ballot for October 8

Metolius Mayor John Chavez is facing a recall vote over allegations that he concealed his criminal record, including an assault case from fighting with his brother and a DUII in March. Petitioners handed in 45 signatures, they needed 43. The recall is an all-mail ballot, with ballots due by October 8.

The leader of the recall is former City Councilor Tryna Muilenburg, who lost the 2018 race to Chavez by one vote.