Sunday, May 22, 2022

Minnesota: Signatures verified in Two Harbors Mayor recall

It looks like the recall of Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson has gotten to the ballot after an earlier issue to the first signature gathering efforts. Petitioners handed in 618 signatures and have 532 valids, they needed 498. The recall is still to be scheduled.

Petitioners previously gathered signatures, claiming they had 970 signatures for the recall, but they pulled those petitions over a lawsuit that would have removed the anonymity for any signers. The suit sought to require the signatures be revealed. 

The recall is seemingly over claims that Swanson used a podcast to discuss an underwater hotel in Lake Superior, thereby using his title as mayor to attract investors, and plans to fund city projects with cryptocurrency. 

There is a separate suit by a Republican County official asking the recall to be tossed out over Minnesota's strict malfeasance standard/judicial recall rules, which has led nearly all petitions (but one!) that I've seen have been rejected at that stage. The City Attorney wrote an opinion that he used the position for personal benefit, which could allow them to overcome the malfeasance standard. Interesting provision in the charter -- if there are less than two years in the term, the council appoints a replacement. If there are more, than there is a special election. 

California: LA County Supervisor backs DA recall effort

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger has announced that she is backing the recall effort against District Attorney George Gascon over reports on his zero-bail policy.

Friday, May 20, 2022

California: Polls show District Attorney in trouble; Editorials on Proposition C

New polls have shown that San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin is behind in the recall effort. The SF Chronicle also compiles a list of leading replacement possibilities if Boudin loses the seat. 

There are also dueling editorials on Proposition C, of which I will have quite a bit more to say in an op-ed (hopefully out next week). The San Francisco Chronicle opposes the measure, though it is focused on the fact that it bars replacements from running for election to the seat. The Chronicle also agrees with the proposal's plan to increase the grace period in which a recall would not be allowed from 6 months at the beginning of the term to 12 months, as well as 18 months at the end of the term.

The SF Examiner's editorial is in favor of the Proposition. 

Louisiana: State Representative flip-flop leads to suspension of recall effort

Louisiana State Representative Joe Stagni (R) was facing a recall threat after he voted to sustain a veto of an anti-transgender sports measure (which he has since voted in favor of) as well as not supporting a petition against the governor's emergency powers during the pandemic. The group leading the effort, called RINO Recall, said they are suspending the effort due to his flipping positions.

Michigan: Flint School Board President facing recall threats; petition language rejected

A recall petition against Flint Board of Education President Joyce Ellis-McNeal was rejected for language clarity issues. The recall claims Ellis-McNeal violated policy by voting to reopen contracts. It is not clear who originated the recall. Ellis-McNeal only became the president recently, after previous president Danielle Green was charged with assaulting another board member during a meeting.

UK: Labour threatens to recall MP after harassment conviction

The Labour Party is threatening to launch a recall against MP Claudia Webbe (formerly Labour, now independent) if she does not resign her seat. Webbe received a suspended sentence after she was convicted of harassment for calling her partner's friend and threatening her with acid (and also to release naked pictures and videos of the friend). Webbe is appealing the conviction.

The UK's Recall Law requires a conviction to be used (if the sentence if more than a year, than the MP is automatically expelled, but there was no jail time here). Petitioners would need the signatures of 10% of registered voters in six weeks.

Webbe replaced Keith Vaz as MP. Vaz also was a potential candidate for recall. 


Monday, May 16, 2022

California: Three Willows officials facing recall efforts

Willows Mayor Larry Domenighini, Vice Mayor Garry Hansen and Councilmember Kerri Warren are facing recall efforts over a sewer rate increase on multi-family units and complaints about spending. Petitioners need 768 signatures, with a deadline of May 23 for Domenighini and Hansen and May 28 for Warren.

California: San Diego County Supervisor recall fails

The recall effort against San Diego County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer (D) failed. The recall was over her support for efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Petitioners needed over 40,000 signatures by May 12. Petitioners handed in less than 400. 

Texas: Denton City Council member facing petitions

Denton City Council member Alison Maguire is facing petitions, though it is not clear what the issue is (redistricting into a more conservative district seems to play a part in the recall effort). Petitioners need 673 signatures to get on the ballot.

Former Councilmember Dan Duff is leading the recall effort.  


Washington: Judge approves petitions against three Richland School Board members

A judge has approved petitions against three Richland School Board Semi Bird, Audra Byrd and Kari Williams over a vote to make mask mandates optional, which allegedly violates state law that mandated masks to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. They are planning to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Because Washington is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, the judge would have to approve the petitions as showing a violation of state law. Petitioners would need at least 5000 signatures each. 

Friday, May 13, 2022

California: SF Examiner Editorial opposed to Boudin recall

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Nevada: Washoe School Board Recall Effort fails

The recall effort against Washoe County School Board Member Angie Taylor failed. Petitioners had to hand in signatures half way through the effort and got 624 out of the 11,000 needed. The recall was backed by Robert Beadles, who also led a failed recall effort against Washoe County Commissioner Vaughn Hartung (R). The petitioner was apparently spreading election fraud conspiracies.

Michigan: Somerset Township Treasurer resigns in face of recall effort

Somerset Township Treasurer Joshua Bice resigned in the face of a recall effort over payments made to a Supervisor for work for the fire department. The petitions were being reviewed for clarity/factualness. 


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

California: Poll shows SF DA trailing in recall vote

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin is facing some poor poll numbers, with KRON4 reporting that 57% plan to vote for a recall (22% vote in Boudin's favor and 21% undecided).

Here's a San Francisco Chronicle story by Joe Garofoli on one of Boudin's biggest problems -- a lack of an opponent. 

Michigan: Maple Valley Township Supervisor recall scheduled for November 8

The recall effort against Maple Valley Township Supervisor John Schwandt has got enough signatures, with the recall scheduled for November 8. He is facing Daniel Boes, who is running without party affiliation. 

Petitioners handed in 370 signatures and got 294. They needed 274.

The recall is over two votes regarding wind farms. One was a vote in favor of a six month moratorium and the other was the cancellation of a ballot question on wind farms. Schwandt is also facing an opening meeting violation complaint over closing public comments over parking. Presumably, the recalls are from opponents of wind farms. 

There is also a recall effort against Sidney Township Board member Jed Welder over wind farm issues.

Colorado: Rio Blanco County Commissioner ousted

Rio Blanco County Commissioner Gary Moyer was kicked out in a May 10 recall election, 1160-717.  Virginia Love (R) won the replacement race over Terry Smalec, 995-522. Love is also running in the June primary. 

The recall was over complaints of verbally abuse and misusing his power against employees, as well as trying to eliminate the Dispatch Center and a lack of transparency. 

This was apparently the first recall attempt in Rio Blanco County history.

Michigan: Petitions taken out against Bridgman School Board Members

Petitions were filed against Bridgman School Board President Eric Ramso and Trustees Nancy Hawley and Wayne Hall over their support for mask mandates to combat the coronavirus pandemic. One of the petitions has been withdrawn and the other two have been rejected on factualness and clarity grounds.

California: Claims that trial delay taking place due to hopes of new D.A. following Boudin recall

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Michigan: Adams Township Supervisor and Clerk facing recall efforts

Adams Township Supervisor Mark Nichols and Clerk Stephanie Scott (R) are facing recall efforts. The story is behind a paywall, so we'll have to wait for more information. Nichols won office in 2018 in a recall and survived one a year later.

Update: Scott is accused of removing an tabulation from an election device, which has led to a State Police investigation. She was then banned from running the 2021 election.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Michigan: Petition handed in against New Buffalo Mayor and Councilman

Petitions have been approved against New Buffalo Mayor John Humphrey and Councilman Brian Flanagan. The issue was a vote in favor of a ordinance banning short-term rentals. Humphrey is also facing a petition over having someone kicked out of a council meeting.

Minnesota: Petitioners pull Two Harbors Mayor recall signatures over anonymity concerns; will restart effort

A lawsuit filed in the Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson recall effort has led to petitioners pulling the petition over a potential loss of anonymity for any signers. The suit seeks to require the signatures be revealed. Petitioners claim they have 970 signatures for the recall They need about 450 valids. They are going to try again.

We've seen the issue of anonymity crop up before, with California using anonymity and preventing the revelation of any names of signers and Wisconsin taking the opposite route, leading to problems for some signers

The recall is seemingly over claims that Swanson used a podcast to discuss an underwater hotel in Lake Superior, thereby using his title as mayor to attract investors, and plans to fund city projects with cryptocurrency. 

There is a separate suit by a Republican County official asking the recall to be tossed out over Minnesota's strict malfeasance standard/judicial recall rules, which has led nearly all petitions (but one!) that I've seen have been rejected at that stage. The City Attorney wrote an opinion that he used the position for personal benefit, which could allow them to overcome the malfeasance standard. Interesting provision in the charter -- if there are less than two years in the term, the council appoints a replacement. If there are more, than there is a special election. 

California: Petitioners claim over 400K signatures in LA District Attorney recall

Petitioners claim that they have over 400,000 signatures for the recall of Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon. They need 566,857 by July 6. Note that the effort has been a long running affair (with the first set of petitions start last February, though any signatures from then are not counted in this number). 

How many signatures do they actual need? Good question --- and here's my look at the signature failure rate in previous recalls. 

Oregon: Split decision in Banks Fire District 13 Board Members recall vote

We have a split decision in the Banks Fire District 13 recall. Board Member Mark Schmidlin lost his seat by 35 votes out of 1607, with 51.1% against. Ed Ewing survived the vote with only 47.6% voting for his removal. 

The recall was over claims that they failed to quickly investigate claims that the fire chief sexually harassed a minor as well as made racist and sexist remarks.

Illinois: Dolton Mayor sues to stop June 28 recall election

The recall election against Dolton Mayor Tiffany Henyard, set for June 28 recall vote, is now facing a lawsuit, with Henyard claiming the recall is unconstitutional.

The recall does not seem to have signatures handed in, but was rather put on the ballot by the village board. They put two referendums on the ballot, one creates a law allowing the recall of the mayor and the other asking for the recall. 

Henyard faced a previous recall effort when she served as trustee, leading to an appellate court decision that the board cannot remove the official by a board vote but can have a recall. 

The recall is over a slew of complaints: taking a Township Supervisor job that pays $250,000 which seen as a conflict of interest; keeping the board from meeting, paying bills and refusing to show what is being paid, as well as hiring a code enforcement officer who spent 24 years in prison for kidnapping and sexual assault. 

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Michigan: Lawsuit seeks to reinstate signatures in Davison School Board Member recall

A lawsuit is claiming that the County Clerk miscounted 150-200 signatures in the recall effort against Davison School Board Member Matthew Smith Jr. The petitions failed by 96 signatures (Smith is also the chairman of the Genesee County Republican Party). Petitioners handed in 4025 signatures and needed 3698 signatures to get on the ballot. The got 3593. (This article claims it is 38 signatures short).

Smith has been charged with malicious use of telecommunication services (he is accused of harassing the Houghton County Clerk by calling her and threatening to kill her dogs). 


Minnesota: Lawsuit asks court to toss out Two Harbors Mayor recall

A Republican County official has filed suit to toss out the recall of Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson

Petitioners claim they have 997 signatures for the recall They need about 450 valids. They recall is seemingly over claims that he used a podcast to discuss an underwater hotel in Lake Superior, thereby using his title as mayor to attract investors, and plans to fund city projects with cryptocurrency. 

The lawsuit is over Minnesota's strict malfeasance standard/judicial recall rules, which has led nearly all petitions (but one!) that I've seen have been rejected at that stage. The City Attorney wrote an opinion that he used the position for personal benefit, which could allow them to overcome the malfeasance standard. Interesting provision in the charter -- if there are less than two years in the term, the council appoints a replacement. If there are more, than there is a special election. 

Michigan: Sidney Township Board member ousted in recall

Sidney Township Board member Jed Welder (R) was ousted in a recall vote, losing to Erik Benko 389-196. Turnout was 32%. The Democratic Party did not nominate a candidate. The issue was a vote by Welder in favor of a wind farm.

Petitioners handed in 370 signatures, they got 306 and needed 274. It took three tries to get the language approved. 


Michigan: Lee Township Trustee and Supervisor kicked out in recall

Lee Township Supervisor Kristy Gustafson and Trustee Darla Rippee  were kicked out in Tuesday's recall election, with Gustafson losing to Doug Kruger (875-220) and Rippee losing to Mark List (883-210). Kruger and List were leaders of the recall effort.  The recall was apparently over the closure of the town dump. Rippee attended the meeting on the petition language and was found to have an active case of COVID, ending the meeting.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Michigan: Leelanau County Commissioner kicked out

Leelanau County Commissioner William Bunek (R) was kicked out in a recall vote yesterday, losing to Lois Bahle, 786-643. Bahle lost to Bunek in the last two elections. The vote flips control of the County Commission to a 4-3 Democratic majority.

Bunek, who has been in office for 14 years, faced the recall over his efforts to zero out Early Child Services millage. Voters passed that law in 2019, and a 4-3 vote by the council tossed it out.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Washington: Supreme Court tosses out recall effort against Governor

The Washington State Supreme Court has tossed out an appeal of a Washington State Superior Court rejection of a recall effort against Governor Jay Inslee over steps he took to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

California: Op-ed in favor of assembly bill adding Ranked Choice voting to recall

Here's an op-ed in favor Assembly Bill 2161, adding Ranked Choice voting to the recall law

Michigan: Petitions filed against Otisco Township Supervisor and Treasurer

Petitions have been filed against Otisco Township Supervisor Desmond Pike and Treasurer Paula Byrne over complaints about spending and passing the same budget as the last year (as well as complaints about office hours and other issues). Former township treasurer Cara Johnson, who lost to Byrne in the 2020 Primary, filed the petitions. All three are Republicans. It sounds like 263 signatures are needed. 

Update: The language was rejected and petitioners are looking to refile the effort.

Oregon: Signatures verified in Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue Board member recall, set for June 7

Over 300 signatures have been verified in the recall against Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue Board Member Todd Holt (404 turned in, 333 verified) and Kathryn Menefee (403 turned in, 320 verified). Petitioners needed 292 valids. The complaint seems to be over a call by Holt over to a building inspector asking for an inspection of a station and coordinated criticism of the fire chief. The petition effort was led by former board member Peter Carlich, who lost to Menefee.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Colorado: New recall effort filed against Loveland Councilmember

A new recall effort has been filed against Loveland City Council member Don Overcash over his alleged support for developers and votes against motions to discuss potential health impacts ofoil and gas development. Overcash had previously faced a recall effort over an In-N-Out Burger drive-thru and being allegedly hostile to the mayor and two other councilors. 

Overcash lost a mayoral run in 2021. 

Petitioners need 1254 signatures in 30 days. 

Washington: Lawsuit filed against Benton County over recalled Sheriff's behavior

Following the recall and removal of Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher last August, a $22M lawsuit has been filed by deputies against the County for failing to protect them from Hatcher. 

An independent investigator found that Hatcher retaliated against a whistleblower and two witnesses and engaged in anti-union activity.

Michigan: A look at the eight school board recalls in Berrien County

We've looked at all of these recalls individually, though here is an article noting them as a group. The recalls are being launched by a group opposed to mask mandates put in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The recalls are targeting: Watervliet's Bill Spaulding, St. Joseph's Bret Wier and Kathy Weycamp, Lakeshore's Jason Beckrow and Rachel Wade, and Niles Mark Wortham, Kyle Zelmer and David Fish.

Minnesota: Petitioners claim more than double signature requirements for Two Harbors Mayor recall

Petitioners claim they have 997 signatures for the recall of Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson, collecting more than 600. They need about 450 valids. They recall is seemingly over claims that he used a podcast to discuss an underwater hotel in Lake Superior, thereby using his title as mayor to attract investors, and plans to fund city projects with cryptocurrency. 

Swanson was one of six Minnesota mayors to endorse Trump in September, which has also led to complaints (though does not seem to be the basis of the recall). 

Minnesota is a strict malfeasance standard/judicial recall state and nearly all petitions (but one!) that I've seen have been rejected at that stage. The City Attorney wrote an opinion that he used the position for personal benefit, which could allow them to overcome the malfeasance standard. Interesting provision in the charter -- if there are less than two years in the term, the council appoints a replacement. If there are more, than there is a special election. 

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Texas: Lubbock New Deal Independent School District Board members facing recall effort

A recall effort has been launched against Lubbock's New Deal Independent School District Board Members over claims that they misused over a $1M in public money to compensate a past Superintendent. 

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California: Gilroy Councilmember facing recall effort

A recall effort is being launched against Gilroy Councilmember Rebeca Armendariz over a fatal shooting that took place at a party at a house. An investigation found that she didn't fully cooperate with investigators. 

Petitioners would need more than 6000 signatures to get the recall on the ballot.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

California: A look back at the Tehama County recall fight

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Alaska: Palmer City Council members losing in early count of recall vote

The early returns show that Palmer City Council members Brian Daniels, Sabrena Combs and Jill Valerius are all losing their recall vote, with 400 more votes to count. The current vote is 250-149 to remove Combs, 253-147 against Daniels and 248-147 against Valerius.

The recall was over claims of Open Meeting Act violations. A fourth member, Julie Berberich, was targeted, but she lost reelection. The violations were claims that they all belonged to one closed Facebook group for Social Justice. Petitioners got 169 signatures.  

Nebraska: More on Gage County Supervisor recall effort

More on the Gage County Supervisor Don Schuller (D) recall effort, with a Beatrice Mayoral candidate pushing the effort. The recall seemed to be over a kitchen sink of reasons, though one is a vote in favor of wind turbines, a big recall issue recently. Schuller is the only Democrat on board (there are seven seats). 

The other issues include a vote against a bill touting 2nd Amendment rights and votes in favor of a 30-by-30 plan and the Kansas-Nebraska Heritage Act. 

Petitioners need 453 signatures in 30 days.

Illinois: Dolton Mayor faces June 28 recall election

Dolton Mayor Tiffany Henyard is facing a June 28 recall vote, which would only be the second that I've seen in Illinois. I don't see the details on the actual details on the recall yet, so hopefully we'll find out more soon enough.

The recall is over a slew of complaints: taking a Township Supervisor job that pays $250,000 which seen as a conflict of interest; keeping the board from meeting, paying bills and refusing to show what is being paid, as well as hiring a code enforcement officer who spent 24 years in prison for kidnapping and sexual assault. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Oregon: Signatures taken out for Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue

Signatures were turned in for the recall against Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue Board Member Todd Holt and Kathryn Menefee. Petitioners handed in more than 400 and needs 292 valids. The complaint seems to be over a call by Holt over to a building inspector asking for an inspection of a station and coordinated criticism of the fire chief. 

Former board member Peter Carlich (who lost to Menefee) turned in the signatures.

California: Newly appointed Desert Sands School Board Trustee removed after petitions taken out

A recently appointed Desert Sands School Board Trustee Jacob Alvarez was removed after petitions were taken out against him. Because he was recently appointed, the Superintendent could remove him and order a special election (which Alvarez will be running in). There were recall efforts against School Board Trustees Tricia Pearce and Wendy Jonathan over their support of restrictions to combat the coronavirus pandemic (though Jonathan has apparently since said she would oppose vaccine and mask mandates). There are also complaints over ethnic studies curriculum. There are also recall attempts against Trustees Ana Conover, Don Griffith (who resigned and was replaced by Alvarez) and Linda Porras, but the paperwork was incorrect. 

Friday, April 15, 2022

California: Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge facing recall effort

Petitions have been taken out against Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Donna Geck over complaints about family custody rulings. Petitioners would need 12,683 signatures to get on the ballot in 160 days. 


Thursday, April 14, 2022

Mexico: President easily survives recall vote

Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador easily survived his recall vote, winning with about 93% of the vote in his favor. About 17.7% of voters came out to vote, nowhere near the 40% needed to get on the ballot. 

This was an odd recall as AMLO was the real proponent of the self-recall, something he has been pushing since the beginning of his term. AMLO said that he would resign if he lost even if they didn't meet the turnout requirement. It seems the replacement would be chosen by Congress, which is dominated by AMLO's party. Here's a good look at some of the questions about the recall. 

AMLO seems to be hoping to gain strength and support for the last three years of his term and there is quite a bit of debate as to whether he strengthened his position or weakened it (it feels like every take is a political one, so it is hard to get a good grasp). Here's an op-ed I wrote in the Houston Chronicle looking at the subject. 

Oregon: Early results suggest Banks Fire District 13 Board Members in the lead to survive in recall vote

The early results are out in the recall of Banks Fire District 13 Board Members Mark Schmidlin and Ed Ewing, with Schmidlin in a five vote lead to survive (701-706) and Ewing ahead by a significant amount 46.81-53.19%). Turnout is 31%, with votes still able to come in. The recall was over claims that they failed to quickly investigate claims that the fire chief sexually harassed a minor as well as made racist and sexist remarks.

Washington: Three Richland School Board members facing petitions

Petitions have been filed against three Richland School Board Semi Bird, Audra Byrd and Kari Williams over a vote to make mask mandates optional, which allegedly violates state law that mandated masks to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Because Washington is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, a judge would have to approve the petitions as showing a violation of state law. If that happens, petitioners would need at least 5000 signatures each. 

Michigan: Michigan lawmakers look to change law allowing unlimited donations during recall fight

Michigan lawmakers are looking to close the loophole allowing officials to raise unlimited funds during a recall. Previously, a federal judge tossed out a lawsuit over Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) ability to raise unlimited funds and keep it for a general election. The rejection was over standing grounds, with the judge holding that the plaintiffs (the state GOP) hadn't shown an injury.

Previously, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson submitted a filing saying the Governor would have to return money to donors or donated to other sources a

Whitmer was able to raise funds in unlimited amounts, rather than the $7,150 usual limit. Anyone paying attention to the California and Wisconsin recalls will be well familiar with this result. Petitioners would need 1,062,647 signatures to get on the ballot and here's a bill that is being proposed to get the recall law in-line with other campaign finance rules. 

Michigan: Petitions rejected for Niles School Board President and Trustees

Petitions have been rejected against Niles School Board President Mark Wortham and Trustees Kyle Zelmer and David Fish over unclear language (specifically leaving out the title of the superintendent). The recall was over the board members support for mask mandates and other protective measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic. No word on how many signatures are needed.

Michigan: Watervliet School Board President facing petitions

Petitions have been approved against Watervliet School Board President Bill Spaulding over his support for mask mandates and other preventative measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Not sure how many signatures would be needed to get on the ballot.

Michigan: St. Joseph School Board members facing petitions

Petitions have been approved against St. Joseph School Board members Brett Wier and Kathy Weykamp over their support for mask mandates and other preventative measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Not sure how many signatures would be needed to get on the ballot.

UK: Former Tory MP Convicted of Sexual Assault of minor and may face recall effort

MP Imran Ahmad Khan (Formerly Conservative) may be facing a recall after being found guilty of sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy in 2008. Khan said that he will appeal. If the sentence is over a year, he will be expelled, but if it is less than a year, it sounds like there will be an effort for a recall campaign. The UK recall law requires a conviction but a sentence of less than a year in order for a recall to be allowed.

Labour would apparently be favored in the district.

Friday, April 8, 2022

California: Huntington Beach Council members' recall fails due to tossed out signatures

The recall effort against Huntington Beach Council members Kim Carr, Dan Kalmick, and Mike Posey has failed, with petitioners falling about 1000 signatures short for each. Signatures were handed in for the with about 13,966-14,295 per candidates. They needed 13,352 valids for each.

Petitioners had previously failed in handing in signatures for Huntington Beach Councilmembers  Barbara Delgeize, and Natalie Moser, with petitioners not handing in the 13,252 signatures needed.  Councilman Erik Peterson, a conservative, is not facing recall threats and Rhoda Bolton was targeted earlier, but did not hit the end of her term's grace period to start the signature collection effort. 

The issue is claims that they surrendered "local zoning control to the state." One of the leaders of the petition effort is Gracey Van Der Mark, who lost the race for the seat in November 2020 (she came in fourth for the three seats).

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Mexico: Historic Presidential Recall set for Sunday

 Sunday will see the largest recall by population in history, with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador facing the voters in a recall that he seems to be the only one to back and promote. AMLO is expected to easily triumph, as opponents are split on whether to boycott the vote. Proponents would need to get 40% of registered voters to turnout for the recall to qualify, though AMLO said that he would resign if he lost even if they didn't meet the turnout requirement. It seems the replacement would be chosen by Congress, which is dominated by AMLO's party. Here's a good look at some of the questions about the recall. 

Here's an op-ed I for Mexico News Daily wrote on the unusual nature of the AMLO recall. I do not know of another recall where the target was the prime backer. AMLO seems to be hoping to gain strength and support for the last three years of his term. For some of the criticism of the recall, here's a Washington Post op-ed. 

Wisconsin: Failed replacement candidate in Mequon-Thiensville Board of Ed recall loses election

One of the candidates in the Mequon-Thiensville Board of Education member recall, Scarlett Johnson, lost an election to get on the board.

Johnson was one of the losing candidates in the November school board recall, where Wendy Francour beat Cheryle Rebholz (58.75-41.20%), Chris Schultz defeated Scarlett Johnson (58.93-41.05%), Akram Khan beat Kristopher Kittell (58.16-41.76%)  and Erik Hollander defeated Charles Lorenz (59.85-40.11%).

The recall was over distance learning plans to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Though the plans were for the last school year, and petitioners had an election in April, they seemed to focus on it now due to what they claim are results published from opening meeting request. 

Alaska: Palmer City Council members facing April 19 vote

Palmer City Council members Brian Daniels, Sabrena Combs and Jill Valerius are facing a recall vote on April 19 over claims of Open Meeting Act violations. A fourth member, Julie Berberich, was targeted, but she lost reelection. The violations were claims that they all belonged to one closed Facebook group for Social Justice. Petitioners got 169 signatures.  

Oklahoma: Norman Mayor who survived recall effort loses reelection run

After surviving a recall threat in 2021, Norman Mayor Breea Clark lost her reelection race to Larry Heikkila, 53.39-46.61%. 

The recall effort, which failed after a number of signatures were tossed out, was 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.

Oregon: Banks Fire District 13 Board Members take the offensive against recall scheduled for April 12

Banks Fire District 13 Board Members Mark Schmidlin and Ed Ewing are battling back against their recall vote on April 12 over claims that they failed to quickly investigate claims that the fire chief sexually harassed a minor as well as made racist and sexist remarks. 

Canada: Alberta Proposal looks to change recall law

This would open up recalls to MLA's (I believe, not clear from the story itself). If this advances, will have some more details. 

Colorado: 12th Judicial District Attorney (Alamosa/San Luis County) facing recall effort led by Mayor

Alamosa/12th Judicial District Attorney Alonzo Payne is facing a potential recall effort over complaints of being soft on crime. The Secretary of State is reviewing grounds for the recall, The petitions were taken out by Alamosa Mayor Ty Coleman. Petitioners would need 3996 signatures to get on the ballot.

Here's some further complaints.

Illinois: GOP Rep. proposes recall law for Cook County State's Attorney

This seems like what would be a fairly odd piece of legislation, as State Representative Chris Bos (R) proposed a law to allow a recall of County State's Attorney Recall Act, targeting Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx over her prosecutorial decisions. The act does not hit any other officials. 

California: More on the big donors for the SF District Attorney recall effort

Here

Oregon: Two Alesa School Board members ousted

Alesa School Board Chair Ron Koetz (201-157) and Vice Chair Jeff Davis (196-160) both apparently lost a recall race on Tuesday (though the results won't be announced to April 25rh). The two voted to approve a resolution calling for masking to prevent the coronavirus pandemic to be optional, which was in contravention of the state mandate. 

Davis was on the board for 12 years, Koetz 7. Marc Thielman, the former Superintendent who pushed for the resolution has resigned to run for the Republican nomination for Governor.

Friday, April 1, 2022

California: PPIC Poll on Recall Reform measures

None seem like they are doing all that well. Let's see what happens.

Maine: Kennebunk School Board Member easily survives recall vote

Kennebunk School Board (RSU 21) Member Timothy Stentiford survived a March 29 recall vote, 1716-516. The issue appeared to be a recent teacher contract and claims of bullying.

A Superior Court Justice had to decided whether the recall should follow town charter provisions, not the state school board ones.

Petitions were also taken out against Chair Arthur LeBlanc, with petitioners missing by one signature (they got 664). Petitioners, including former board member Norman Archer, handed in 697 signatures and verified 668, though that was lowered to 665. They needed exactly that.

Wisconsin: Green Bay Mayor facing recall effort

A recall effort has started against Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich (D) for accepting donations from a nonprofit to help the city run elections to the coronavirus pandemic. This appears to be part of a nationwide effort to attack election administrations. 

The recall effort is led by David VanderLeest, who lost a State Assembly race in 2012 to Genrich. VanderLeest also ran (and lost) against State Senator Dave Hansen (D) in the 2011 recall.

Petitioners would need over 11,000 signatures to get to the ballot.

Louisiana: Petitioners approaching signature total in Oakdale mayor recall

Petitioners claim to be only 350 signatures away from hitting the mark for the recall of Oakdale Mayor Gene Paul over revelations that the city clerk stole $897,000. The clerk has since died. Petitioners would need 934 signatures in 180 days. 

Minnesota: Petitioners claim to have signatures for recall of Two Harbors Mayor

Petitioners claim they have enough signatures for the recall of Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson, collecting more than 600. They need about 450 valids. They recall is seemingly over claims that he used a podcast to discuss an underwater hotel in Lake Superior, thereby using his title as mayor to attract investors, and plans to fund city projects with cryptocurrency. 

Swanson was one of six Minnesota mayors to endorse Trump in September, which has also led to complaints (though does not seem to be the basis of the recall). 

Minnesota is a strict malfeasance standard/judicial recall state and nearly all petitions (but one!) that I've seen have been rejected at that stage. Interesting provision in the charter -- if there are less than two years in the term, the council appoints a replacement. If there are more, than there is a special election. 

Malaysia: Push for recall election provision as part of anti-party hoping law

Here

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Nevada: Washoe County Commissioner recall effort abandoned

The recall effort against Washoe County Commissioner Vaughn Hartung (R) has ended, though no reason has been given. The petitioner was apparently spreading election fraud conspiracies. Petitioners needed 14,345 signatures to get on the ballot. 

The petitioner, who claims to be Robert Beadles and said he is an "avid believer in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology" 

Two Washoe Republican Board members (Cindy Martinez and Sandra Linares) are listed as supporters of the petition.

Petitions were also filed against School Board Member Angie Taylor, though it is not clear what happened with that. 

Louisiana: Franklinton Alderman survives recall vote

Franklinton Alderman Heath Spears (R) survived a recall vote 500-384.  Turnout was 41%. The recall was over claims that he does not live in the town. Spears said he moved temporarily after his house was damaged in a fire.

Friday, March 25, 2022

California: New petitions taken out against Downey Councilwoman

New petitions have been filed against Downey Councilwoman Catherine Alvarez, after the first one came 35 signatures short of qualifying (Petitioners handed in 4,016 signatures and need 3454 valids).  The recall is reputed to be over Alvarez's failure to disclose her criminal history, where she was arrested for welfare fraud and shoplifting,

California: New petitions taken out against Los Alamitos School District board member

A new petition has been taken out against Los Alamitos Unified School District Scott Fayette. Petitioners need about 1800 signatures. A previous effort was tried against board members Megan Cutuli, Chris Forehan and Scott Fayette, which missed the deadline. Petitions were over the board's support for restrictions to combat the coronavirus pandemic, as well as an adoption of an ethnic studies elective.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Michigan: Petitions taken out against third Albion Council member

Petitions have been filed against Albion City Council Member Marcola Lawler, claiming that she used council meetings for her own public relations. Petitioners have recently been taken out against Councilmembers Nora Jackson and Linda LaNoue, though they seem to be about other issues.

Petitioners would need 74 signatures to get on the ballot. 

Minnesota: More on the Two Harbors "Underwater Hotel" recall effort

Here's another article on the recall effort being organized against Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson seemingly over claims that he used a podcast to discuss an underwater hotel in Lake Superior, thereby using his title as mayor to attract investors, and plans to fund city projects with cryptocurrency. Swanson was one of six Minnesota mayors to endorse Trump in September, which has also led to complaints (though does not seem to be the basis of the recall). 

Minnesota is a strict malfeasance standard/judicial recall state and nearly all petitions that I've seen have been rejected at that stage. Petitioners would need about 450 signatures to get to the ballot. Interesting provision in the charter -- if there are less than two years in the term, the council appoints a replacement. If there are more, than there is a special election. 

California: Petitions taken out against three Templeton School Board members

Petitions have been taken out against Templeton School Board Trustees, President Nelson Yamagata, Trustee Ted Dubost and Clerk Mendi Swan. It seems it is about the district's votes in favor of protective measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Oregon: Early returns suggest Yamhill County Commissioner appears to survive recall vote

Yamhill County Commissioner Lindsay Berschauer appears to have survived her recall vote, 53.4-47.6% in early voting (with 44.3% voting). 

The recall is over a kitchen sink of issues, including cutting fees that a landfill paid the county, ending development of the Yamhelas Westsider Trail (over questions of how it would effect nearby farms) and demanding a special election for Urban Renewal District. She has been criticized for her opposition to mask and vaccine mandates to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Update: Berschauer survived the vote (52.4-47.6%).


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Oregon: Yamhill County Commissioner recall on March 22

Yamhill County Commissioner Lindsay Berschauer is up for a recall election on March 22,

The recall is over a kitchen sink of issues, including cutting fees that a landfill paid the county, ending development of a trail and demanding a special election for Urban Renewal District. She has been criticized for her opposition to mask and vaccine mandates to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Oregon: Banks Fire District 13 Board Members facing recall election on April 12

Banks Fire District 13 Board Members Mark Schmidlin and Ed Ewing are facing a recall vote on April 12 over claims that they failed to quickly investigate claims that the fire chief sexually harassed a minor as well as made racist and sexist remarks. Petitioners needed 449 signatures and got 513 and 536. 

Monday, March 21, 2022

California: Sacramento City Council member facing petitions

Sacramento City Council member Katie Valenzuela is facing a recall effort over complaints about homelessness, crime and property values.

Colorado: Alamosa District Attorney facing recall effort

Alamosa District Attorney Alonzo Payne is facing a recall effort over crime victims complaints about dismissals and overly lenient plea bargains. The city council voted 4-1 to help pay for the recall effort, which seems quite odd.

Payne has been accused of violating the Victim's Rights Act.  

Friday, March 18, 2022

California: Look at backer of Shasta County recall

Here's a look at Reverge Anselmo, who financial backed the Shasta County recall. There is some discussion over whether land use issues at his ranch and vineyard was a reason for his support.

Massachusetts: Recall effort against Lancaster Planning Board Members rejected and needs restart

The recall effort against Lancaster Planning Board Chair Russ Williston and Member Carol Jackson has been rejected by the Board of Registrars over claims that the board didn't properly certify the first round of signature collection.

Michigan: Lakeshore School Board members facing petitions

Four petitions have been filed against Lakeshore School Board members Jason Beckrow and Rachel Wade, which is after the petitions were rejected by the Election Commission. The petitions appear to be over their support for mask mandates to combat the coronavirus pandemic. There is also a second claim that they have been in office too long (six years instead of four). Not sure what that one means. 

California: Poll shows serious trouble for San Francisco District Attorney

A new poll out suggests significant trouble for San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, with 68% of voters saying they will vote to remove him.

California: $3.5M raised in the Los Angeles District Attorney recall effort

The effort to recall Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon says it raised more than $3.5 million, and has collected over a 125,000 signatures. They need 566,857 by July 6. Note that the effort has been a long running affair (with the first set of petitions start last February, though any signatures from then are not counted in this number). 

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

California: My op-ed in the SF Gate on reading too much into the California recalls

Here's an op-ed I wrote for the SF Gate on whether pundits are reading way too much into the recent California recalls. The SF School Board recall led to questions of whether recalls portend doom for Democrats in November. The Democrats may face disaster come Election Day, but this recall is not any sort of signpost on that road. A look at both recent school board recalls and the history of recall elections shows should serve as a cautionary tale for anyone trying to read too much into this result

California: Asian turnout up, but not decisive

Mission Local notes that Asian turnout in the school board recall was up, but not decisive. And here's additional analyzing of the vote.

Michigan: Petitions taken out against two Albion City Council members

Albion City Council members Nora Jackson and Linda LaNoue are facing recall efforts. Jackson is over complaints about a nonprofit led by Jackson receiving tax dollars, while LaNoue is over a vote in favor of a former college president Matthew Johnson's vision for the city, while LaNoue was employed by the college. There are separate individuals launching the recalls. Petitioners need 146 signatures for Jackson and 142 for LaNoue

Oregon: Two Banks Fire District Board members up for recall on April 12

Banks Fire District Board members Ed Ewing and Mark Schmidlin are facing recall votes in April 12. Petitioners needed 440 signatures and got 513 and 537 respectively. The issue was complaints that they refused to investigate multiple harassment complaints against the fire chief. 


Michigan: Petition language approved against Brighton School Board Member on third try

A third petition has finally been approved against School Board member Bill Trombley, with an appeal going into the rejection of the petition against member John Conely. A second petition against Conely and Trombley was been rejected by the Election Commission due to factualness/clarity grounds. 

The issue is Conley and Cross opposition to COVID pandemic protections -- Conley compared mask mandates to Nazi rules and "presented a slide show that contained misinformation about masks." Cross allegedly "intentionally coughed on a member of the public" and was unprepared for meetings. 

Petitioners need 5472 signatures to get on the ballot.

Update: Language has now been approved.

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Virginia: Portsmouth effort to create Malfeasance Standard killed in House of Delegates

An effort to change the Portsmouth's recall law was killed in the House of Delegates, with Delegate Tim Anderson (R), who supported a recall effort against Senate President Pro Temp Louise Lucas (D) last year, credited with stopping the proposed law.

The change would have created a malfeasance standard/judicial recall law, requiring a specific statutorily delineated grounds (approved by a judge) for the recall to move forward. 

Portsmouth is the cite of the first (that I know of) two-time recall loser, Mayor James Holley (in 1987 and 2010) and a failed effort against Mayor Kenny Wright in 2016. 

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Montana: Recall effort against Yellowstone County Commissioner fails

The recall effort against Yellowstone County Commissioner Don Jones has failed. Petitioners needed about 15,600 signatures (15% of registereds) to get on the ballot. Petitioner gathered 1348 signatures (of which 992 were valid). The issue was Jones' support for looking into privatizing management at MetraPark. 

Friday, March 11, 2022

Maine: Court rejects effort to toss out Kennebunk School Board recall scheduled for March 29

A Superior Court Justice has greenlit the recall election of Kennebunk School Board (RSU 21) Timothy Stentiford for March 29. The court ruled that the recall should follow town charter provisions, not the state school board ones.

Petitioners, including former board member Norman Archer, handed in 697 signatures and verified 668, though that was lowered to 665. They needed exactly that.

Petitions were also taken out against Chair Arthur LeBlanc, with petitioners missing by one signature (they got 664). The issue appears to be a recent teacher contract and claims of bullying.

The recall may be set for March 29. 

Ohio: Kirtland Councilwoman resigns before recall election

Kirtland Councilwoman Kelly Wolfe resigned right before her March 8 recall election. Wolfe was the only council member voting against the removal of the Police Chief. It was discovered that Wolfe was personally involved with the Chief. The council will appoint a replacement. 

Michigan: Two candidates announcing in Lee Township Trustee and Supervisor recall election scheduled for May 3

Two of the leaders of the effort for the recall election against Lee Township Supervisor Kristy Gustafson and Trustee Darla Rippee have announced replacement runs for the seat. Doug Kruger is facing off against Gustafson and Mark List is opposing Rippee in the election scheduled for May 3. The recall is apparently over the closure of the town dump. Rippee attended the meeting on the petition language and was found to have an active case of COVID, ending the meeting.

California: San Francisco District Attorney notes issues with recall law

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin notes that San Francisco uses a statistical sampling method to verify signatures. An interesting point when you look at the signature failure rate in the past. 

California: San Francisco Mayor names three replacement school board members

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has announced the three replacements for the ousted school boards members -- Ann Hsu, Laine Motamedi and Lisa Weissman-Ward. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Nebraska: Gage County Supervisor facing petitions

Gage County Supervisor Don Schuller (D) is facing petitions for what seems like a kitchen sink of reasons, though one is a vote in favor of wind turbines, a big recall issue recently. Schuller is the only Democrat on board (there are seven seats). 

The other issues include a vote against a bill touting 2nd Amendment rights and votes in favor of a 30-by-30 plan and the Kansas-Nebraska Heritage Act. 

Petitioners need 453 signatures in 30 days.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

California: Redondo Beach Councilmember facing petitions

Petitions have been filed against Redondo Beach City Councilmember Zein Obagi Jr., apparently over his support for affordable housing and a homeless pallet shelter in his district, as well as claims of misconduct by the state bar. Obagi blames Cannabis dealers. Petitioners would need about 2250 signatures in 90 days. 

Georgia: Augusta Commissioner recall fails due to lack of signatures

The recall effort against Augusta Commissioner Catherine Smith appears to have failed at the early stage, as petitioners handed in only 92 of a 100 signatures needed. The complaints were over the redistricting process. Petitioner apparently tried to withdraw the petition, but there is no provision to do that under state law. The article notes that Grovestown recalled and removed three sitting councilmembers in the 1980s. 

Minnesota: Two Harbors Mayor facing petitions

A recall effort is being organized against Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson seemingly over claims that he used a podcast to discuss an underwater hotel in Lake Superior, thereby using his title as mayor to attract investors, and plans to fund city projects with cryptocurrency. Swanson was one of six Minnesota mayors to endorse Trump in September, which has also led to complaints (though does not seem to be the basis of the recall). 

Minnesota is a strict malfeasance standard/judicial recall state and nearly all petitions that I've seen have been rejected at that stage. Petitioners would need about 450 signatures to get to the ballot. Interesting provision in the charter -- if there are less than two years in the term, the council appoints a replacement. If there are more, than there is a special election. 

Michigan: Brighton School Board Members recall petition rejected for 2nd time on factualness/clarity grounds

A second petition taken out against Brighton School Board members John Conely and Bill Trombley has been rejected by the Election Commission due to factualness/clarity grounds. No word on if the petitioner will appeal or try and third attempt. 

The issue is Conley and Cross opposition to COVID pandemic protections -- Conley compared mask mandates to Nazi rules and "presented a slide show that contained misinformation about masks." Cross allegedly "intentionally coughed on a member of the public" and was unprepared for meetings. 

Petitioners need 5472 signatures to get on the ballot.

Oregon: Josephine County Commissioners recall effort fails

The recall effort against Josephine County Commissioners Dan DeYoung and Herman Baertschiger failed, with no signatures handed in. The recall was over their votes on the COVID-19 pandemic response, wildlife preparation and "illegal marijuana policies." Petitioners need about 6300 signatures by March 2.

Friday, March 4, 2022

California: Recall effort against Westminster Councilmember fails; signatures being checked in second one

The recall effort against Westminster Councilmember Kimberly Ho failed, with 1657 signatures tossed out. Petitioners handed in 4045 signatures. They needed 2381 valids and missed by 285. 

Signatures are being checked in a second recall against Councilmember Carlos Manzo. 2873 were submitted, and they need about 2100. 

Ho, along with Mayor Tri Ta and Councilmember Chi Charlie Nguyen, survived an April 7, 2020 vote, with 57% opposing the recall (Ta and Ngyuen also survived by similar margins).

Ho seems to have switched her regular vote to join with two other councilmembers (Tai Do and Carlos Manzo, who opposed Ta, Ngyuen and Ho. 

In the last recall, the claims were of ethical violations, such as limiting debate and participation.

Louisiana: Franklinton Alderman up for recall vote on March 26

Franklinton Alderman Heath Spears is facing a recall vote on March 26 over claims that he does not live in the town. Spears said he moved temporarily after his house was damaged in a fire.

Michigan: Petitions taken out against two Brighton School Board Members

Petitions have been taken out against Brighton School Board members John Conely and Bill Trombley. The Election Commission rejected the language on the first attempt due to factualness/clarity grounds.

The issue is Conley and Cross opposition to COVID pandemic protections -- Conley compared mask mandates to Nazi rules and "presented a slide show that contained misinformation about masks." Cross allegedly "intentionally coughed on a member of the public" and was unprepared for meetings. 

Petitioners need 5472 signatures to get on the ballot.

Colorado: Rio Blanco County Commissioner recall set for May 10

A recall election has been scheduled against Rio Blanco County Commissioner Gary Moyer on May 10.

The recall is over complaints of verbally abuse and misusing his power against employees, as well as trying to eliminate the Dispatch Center and a lack of transparency. 

Petitioners needed 747 signatures in 60 days. This is apparently the first recall attempt in Rio Blanco County history.

Massachusetts: Petitions out against Bourne School Board Member

Bourne School Board Member Kari MacRae is facing petitions over her critical comments (on TikTok) on school policy on gender identification and racism education/critical race theory. MacRae is running for a State Senate seat as well. 

Michigan: Three Winfield Township officials facing recall efforts

Three Winfield Township officials are facing recall efforts, though it is not clear why or which three.

Michigan: Two candidates announce for Sidney Township Board recall

Two candidates are running in the May 3rd recall election of Sidney Township Board member Jed Welder (R). The candidates are Erik Benko and Scott Giddings, both running with no party affiliation. The Democratic Party did not nominate a candidate. 

Petitioners handed in 370 signatures, they got 306 and needed 274. It took three tries to get the language approved. 

The issue was a vote in favor of a wind farm.

Update: Giddings appears to have dropped out.

Florida: Judge rejects recall attempt against Pahokee Vice Mayor

Did not see this one earlier -- Pahokee Vice Mayor Regina Bohlen faced a recall effort over a decision to fire the interim city attorney on a 3-2 vote. The same 3-2 vote rehired the past city attorney, who had been fired two years before. Mayor Keith Babb Jr. (who opposed the vote) locked the group out of the council chambers, so the vote was in a parking lot. Babb tried to launch a recall against Bohlen, but it was rejected by a judge.

Vermont: Push for adoption of direct democracy, including recall, in Burlington

Here

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Michigan: Leelanau County Commissioner facing May 3 vote

Leelanau County Commissioner William Bunek (R) is facing a May 3rd recall election vote. Bunek, who has been in office for 14 years, is facing the recall over his efforts to zero out Early Child Services millage. Voters passed that law in 2019, and a 4-3 vote by the council tossed it out.

Lois Bahle (D), who lost to Bunek in the last two elections, will be running for the seat. Petitioners handed in 663 signatures and needed 513 valids (not sure how many were tossed out).

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

California: LA Mayoral Hopeful backs Gascon recall effort

Los Angeles Mayoral candidate Rick Caruso is backing the District Attorney George Gascon recall and has promised some financial support for the signature gathering effort.

Sunday, February 27, 2022

California: Some more coverage of the School Board recall

 Recall Fever having its moment

SF Chronicle's Joe Garofoli on whether District Attorney Chesa Boudin should be worried

LA Times Mark Barabak gives some thoughts on the impact of the vote

Michigan: Douglass Town Board members facing recall fight

Petitions have been taken out against Douglass Township Supervisor Terry Anderson, Clerk Rhonda Snyder, Treasurer Amy Laper and Trustee Tom Jeppesen. The issue was an appointment to the planning commission.

Update: The first petition language effort was rejected by the Election Commission on factualness/clarity grounds.

Vermont: Ousted Underhill Selectman running for office again

Former Underhill Selectman Peter Duval was ousted in what was likely Vermont's first recall, is running for the office again The recall was over charges of conflict of interest and failing to behave in a respectful manner. The conflict was asking the town's lawyer to let him know about litigation -- Duval had been in litigation against the town over a zoning issue. Petitioners handed in 415 signatures to get the recall on the ballot. 

Voters adopted the recall on Town Meeting Day (the drafting was only in July). 16 towns in Vermont have recall amendments, though the story claims that it was the first use in Vermont's history. The replacement is chosen by the board.

Minnesota: Robbinsdale City Council member facing recall after DUI/Fleeing police

Petitions are being taken out against Robbinsdale City Council member Tyler Kline, after he was charged with drunk driving and fleeing police. 

Former Mayor Regan Murphy is leading the petitions, which would need 650 signatures in 30 days. As Minnesota is a malfeasance state, they need approval to move forward. 

California: Signatures handed in against three Huntington Beach Council members

Signatures have been handed in for the recall effort against Huntington Beach Council members Kim Carr, Dan Kalmick, and Mike Posey. Petitioners handed in between 13,966-14,295 signatures. They need 13,352 valids for each, which would require an unusually low signature failure rate. 

Petitioners had previously failed in handing in signatures for Huntington Beach Councilmembers  Barbara Delgeize, and Natalie Moser, with petitioners not handing in the 13,252 signatures needed.  Councilman Erik Peterson, a conservative, is not facing recall threats and Rhoda Bolton was targeted earlier, but did not hit the end of her term's grace period to start the signature collection effort. 

The issue is claims that they surrendered "local zoning control to the state." One of the leaders of the petition effort is Gracey Van Der Mark, who lost the race for the seat in November 2020 (she came in fourth for the three seats).

New Jersey: Buena Mayor and Councilman facing petitions

Buena Mayor David Zappariello and Councilman Joseph D'Alessandro III are facing recall efforts over the disbanding of a volunteer fire company. Petitioners need 826 signatures in 160 days. 

New Jersey: Northern Burlington County School Board members facing petitions

Northern Burlington County School Board member Kerri Tillett is facing a recall effort, though so far no reason has been given, though it seems it the petitioners were previously complaining about Tillett's support for quarantine policy to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Tillett is a Democratic and the petitioners are Republicans. 

Petitioners are also threatening recalls against Board President Paul Narwid, and members Gerry Spence and Radiah Gamble.  

Petitioners need about 1916 signatures in 160 days. 

California: LA County Association of Deputy District Attorneys vote to support LA DA recall

The recall of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon got a boost as the Association of Deputy District Attorneys (with over 800 members) voted overwhelmingly to support the recall effort. 83.3% of members voted, with 97.9% in favor. 

Georgia: Newton County Commissioner facing recall threats

Recall petitions are being threatened against Newton County Commission Chairman Marcello Banes over his push to remove a sign naming a middle school bandroom for T.K. Adams, a local arts leader. Fellow Commissioner J.C. Henderson is leading the recall threats.

The issue is whether the Board of Commissioners actually voted to approve the naming and whether that is required to put up the sign.

Petitioners would need about 7200 signatures (30% of registered voters) to get on the ballot. Georgia is a malfeasance standard state and needs to show a statutorily delineated reason for the recall, the county charter seems to allow an individual board member to shortcut that part if the board majority votes in favor (or if a Superior Court Judge greenlights it).

Louisiana: Republican State Representative facing recall petitions over votes to uphold Gov. veto

State Representative Joe Stagni (R), representing Kenner, is facing petitions after voting to uphold Governor Edwards (D) veto of a bill that targeted transgender children. The petition also goes after Stagni for opposing concealed armed carry (without any permit or training) legislation and for not signing a petition to limit Edwards' ability to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Petitioners need somewhere in the neighborhood of 6750 signatures (25% of registered voters) in 180 days. 

Washington: Thurston County Commissioner recall tossed out by judge

The recall effort against Thurston County Commissioner Tye Menser has been tossed out by a judge. The petition was over complaints about meetings and opposition to the purchase of a complex.

 Washington is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, so a judge must approve the petitions for the recall to move forward. The lead petitioner previously filed recall efforts against Menser, as well against Olympia councilmembers in 2018 that were tossed out by judges. Menser says that the petitioner treats actions against officials as a "full-time hobby." 

California: Chico Mayor recall effort fails

The recall effort against Chico Mayor Andrew Coolidge has apparently failed, as petitioners turned in 2052 signatures and 747 were tossed out. They needed 1519 and got 1305.

No word on what happened to the recall effort against council member Sean Morgan. The issues seems to be a hodgepodge of complaints about spending and behavior, though Morgan suggests that the petitioners are in favor of widespread cannabis dispensaries and needle distribution.

Michigan: Lee Township Trustee and Supervisor recall election scheduled for May 3

The recall election against Lee Township Supervisor Kristy Gustafson and Trustee Darla Rippee is scheduled for May 3. The recall is apparently over the closure of the town dump. Rippee attended the meeting on the petition language and was found to have an active case of COVID, ending the meeting 

Monday, February 21, 2022

California: Three School Board Members ousted in recall vote

There's been an enormous amount of coverage on the San Francisco School Board recall, to the degree that it is challenging to summarize here (waiting to see about an op-ed).

Board President Gabriela Lopez lost with 75% against (94,692-31,575) former Vice President Alison Collins had 78.6% against (99,555-27,061) and member Faauuga Moliga had 72.1% against (90,977-35,131). These numbers will likely change on the margins. Note that more voters cast ballots in the recall voted to originally elect these officials. 

This is the first successful recall in San Francisco that I can find since 1921, when two municipal judges, John Sullivan and Morris Oppenheim, were kicked out. There may have been others. Also removed in recalls is my man Senator E.E. Grant in 1914 and Police Judge Charles Weller in 1913. 

And, of course, there's plenty on the funding issues and the role of Asian-Americans in the recall effort. 



Nevada: Washoe County Commissioner and School Board member facing petitions

Petitions have been taken out against Washoe County Commissioner Vaughn Hartung (R), though no reason has been given. Petitioners need 14,345 signatures to get on the ballot. 

The same petitioner, who claims to be Robert Beadles and said he is an "avid believer in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology" filed petitions against School Board Member Angie Taylor.

Two Washoe Republican Board members (Cindy Martinez and Sandra Linares) are listed as supporters of the petition (though I'm unclear if it is the Hartung or Taylor one).

California: Deep look at the Shasta County Recall

 Here

California: Signature verification process to cost $3896 in Downey Councilwoman recall effort

The signature verification process for the Downey Councilwoman Catherine Alvarez is $3896. Petitioners handed in 4,016 signatures and need 3454 valids to get on the ballot. The recall is reputed to be over Alvarez's failure to disclose her criminal history, where she was arrested for welfare fraud and shoplifting. It would just be a one question vote, with a replacement selected at a later date.  

Michigan: Sidney Township Board member facing May 3 recall vote

The recall election for Sidney Township Board member Jed Welder (R) is set for May 3.  Petitioners handed in 370 signatures, they got 306 and needed 274. It took three tries to get the language approved. 

The issue was a vote in favor of a wind farm.