Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney is facing two recall efforts over his Facebook comments against the Governor's coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Fortney claims that he "will not be enforcing an order preventing religious freedoms or constitutional rights."
A Cowlitz County Judge (moved for conflict of interest reasons) has approved the legal grounds for the first submission, though is not approving online signature gathering or any other changes to the process.
A second group is looking to recall him over the handling of the county jail during the pandemic and for rehiring three deputies who were fired by the previous sheriff.
The petitioners would need about 44,000 signatures to get on the ballot.
Update: The second petition has been approved. And the State Supreme Court has also approved it.
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