Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Oklahoma: Suit filed to put Norman Mayoral recall on the ballot

A suit has been filed by petitioners claiming that signatures handed in against Mayor Breea Clark should not have been tossed out and arguing that the amount needed may be incorrect. Petitioners handed in 20661 and needed 18,124. Over 3600 signatures have been tossed out.  

The recall effort against Norman City Councilmember Alison Petrone got enough valid signatures to get on the ballot. Petitioners handed in 3444 signatures and had 2580 valid. 2573 were needed.

City Councilwoman Sereta Wilson previously resigned in the face of the recall threat. It seems that they haven't handed in signatures against two other councilmembers who were threatened, City Council members Kate Bierman and Stephen Holman. 

The recall is over a vote to cut the police department's proposed budget by $865,000 (it appears not to be an actual cut -- the police wanted a big increase and got only a smaller one). There are also complaints about the council's push to require masks to stave off the coronavirus.

Petrone is up for her regularly scheduled election a month later. 

The petitioners asked for a 10 day extension due to claims of harassment, though it was denied as not being provided for in the law.  

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