Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Nevada: Petitioners asking for more time for Gubernatorial recall effort

Fight for Nevada, the group leading the recall effort against Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D) is asking for an extension to the 90 day signature collection period due to the stay at home orders. The recall effort has been over the kitchen sink of complaints, including gun control, private well limits, DMV policy and an (apparently false) claim that he supports an income tax. The plan was announced last June.

Petitioners would need 243,995 signatures in 90 days. They apparently had 15,897 by the 45 day mark.

Petitioners would have to post a bond of pay for signature verification. Changes to the law also split the gathering period in two, and petitioners would have to hand in all signatures gathered in the first half (45 days) to be turned in soon after to be declared valid.

The Nevada Independent notes some details about the attorney representing the Fight for Nevada group:
The recall group’s attorney is Robert Barnes, a prominent Los Angeles attorney who is backing litigation challenging COVID-19 shutdown orders in several states. Barnes represented actor Wesley Snipes in a major tax case and more recently represented internet conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in a defamation and emotional distress lawsuit brought by the parent of a child killed during the 2013 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting.

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