Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Oklahoma: Enid Commissioner challenges recall signatures

Enid Commissioner Ben Ezzell is objecting to the recall and the signatures gathered after petitioners handed in over 200 signatures and the election board validated at least 87. They needed 69 to get on the ballot. The issue was Ezzell's support for the city to enforce the state's COVID-19 alert system and his criticism of the police chief for a failure to enforce a mask mandate proposal designed to combat the pandemic.

The date of the recall is still open. It will be either on Election Day in November or on the city's ward elections in February. Ezzell's term expires in May, so the race would also include a race to succeed Ezzell for the next term (Ezzell is termed out).

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