Sunday, December 13, 2020

Idaho: Three Pocatello/Chubbuck School Board Trustees recalls get to the ballot

The recall effort against Pocatello/Chubbuck School Board Trustees Jackie Cranor, Janie Gebhardt and Dave Mattson received enough signatures to get on the ballot.  Petitioners need 164 against Cranor, 206 against Mattson and 351 against Gebhardt. Petitioners claim that they handed in enough signatures with a 20-25% cushion.

The recall is over the board's decision to continue a hybrid learning model in order to ward off the coronavirus pandemic. The parents wanted full-in school model. There is also complaints about a boundary issue and a decision to retire a Native American mascot. 

The recall can't get to the ballot before May 2021. Under Idaho law, the recall requires that the votes must be at least as much as the amount cast for the officials in their election. Cranor received 279, Gebhardt, 417 and Mattson, 278

Update: The Recall has been scheduled for March 9. 

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