Sunday, September 25, 2022

Georgia: Newton County Commissioner threatened with recall effort

Newton County Commission Chair Marcello Banes is facing recall threats from another Commissioner, J.C. Henderson, over Banes' request to remove a sign naming a bandroom for local arts leader T.K. Adams. 

Banes claims that the commissioners must approve the naming for it to be allowed. 

Georgia is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, so Henderson would need a showing of cause to get this on the ballot. They would need 30% of registered voters, about 24,000 signatures, to get on the ballot.

State law requires at least 100 New

Colorado: 12th Judicial District Attorney (Alamosa/San Luis County) disbarred -- resigned after recall made the ballot

A new development against Alamosa/12th Judicial District Attorney Alonzo Payne, who has now been disbarred by Colorado's Supreme Court. Payne resigned after the recall against him got to the ballot. Petitioners handed in 5974 signatures, with 4757 being declared valid. They needed 3996. The resignation was after a monitor was appointed by the state Attorney General.

The recall effort was over complaints of being soft on crime (not pursuing charges on large drug busts and not following up with crime victims on plea deals, as required by law), so it seemed a bit along the lines of the Boudin/Gascon recall efforts in California. However, the disbarment suggests that he failed to act for months on warrants for serious crimes and domestic violence; that his employees ignored, belittled and shouted at crime victims; and that Payne made false and "disingenuous" court statements. The petitions were taken out by Alamosa Mayor Ty Coleman.

Ohio: Ohio Supreme Court rejects part of lawsuit seeking to toss out East Cleveland Mayor recall

The Ohio Supreme Court threw out one part of a lawsuit filed by the East Cleveland Law Director Willa Hemmons to stop the upcoming Election Day recall vote against East Cleveland Mayor Brandon King. The decision, which has no written component, rejects a complaint that the petition exceeded the 200 word limit.

There are additional complaints, including that petitioners handed in 322 valid signatures and needed 311. The law requires that signers voted in the last election. Hemmons claims that 43 signers did not, so their signatures should be tossed out. Hemmons seems to be acting in a private capacity and being paid by King himself.

Petitioners claim that King used the police to target his Democratic primary opponents in 2021 for towing a van he was using to promote another candidate using loudspeakers.

King has been mayor since 2016 when the last mayor, Gary Norton, was kicked out in a recall with the council president, Thomas Wheeler.

Tennessee: Proposed bill would lower signature requirement for recalls in state

 A new bill has been proposed to lower the signature requirement for recalls in Tennessee, though it is aimed directly at Shelby County Clerk Wanda Halbert. State Representative Mark White (R) hs proposed the change. The bill would lower the signature requirement from 15% of registered voters to 1%, which would be the lowest in the country (for Shelby County, the signature requirement would go from 87,000 to 5800). There would also be a grace period of 180 days at the start and end of the term.

The issue seems to be delays in getting car tags, part of which took place while Halbert was on vacation. Halbert claims to be a whistleblower and is accusing the county government of taking millions from her department and slowing down the license plate mailout process.

Kansas: Amendment to Sheriff law includes ability for recall

Kansas is looking to insist that it will change its laws to require block counties from appointing rather than electing County Sheriffs. The amendment would also list recalls and an Attorney General initiated writ of quo warranto provision to be the only way to remove the sheriff.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Ohio: Lawsuit seeks to toss out East Cleveland Mayor recall

East Cleveland Law Director Willa Hemmons has filed a petition to stop the upcoming Election Day recall vote against East Cleveland Mayor Brandon King.

Petitioners handed in 322 valid signatures and needed 311. The law requires that signers voted in the last election. Hemmons claims that 43 signers did not, so their signatures should be tossed out. Hemmons seems to be acting in a private capacity and being paid by King himself.

Petitioners claim that King used the police to target his Democratic primary opponents in 2021 for towing a van he was using to promote another candidate using loudspeakers.

King has been mayor since 2016 when the last mayor, Gary Norton, was kicked out in a recall with the council president, Thomas Wheeler.

Virginia: Prince William County Supervisors facing recall talk

Price William County Supervisors Ann Wheeler (D) and Pete Candland (R) are facing recall threats over what seems to be their support for development proposals for data centers. 

Michigan: Two candidates filed for three Richfield Township official recall vote

Two candidates, Ray Wlosinski and Pam Scott, have filed for the recall elections that have been scheduled against Richfield Township Supervisor John Bawol, Clerk Greg Watt and Treasurer Terri Hidey for Election Day, November 8. No word on the third position.

Unfortunately, the details are behind a paywall (and nothing is on the government sites), so we'll have to still wait for more information about this one.

Oregon: Editorial in favor of having a recall vote against Baker City Councilor

Here's a rare editorial supporting the idea of a recall effort (if not necessarily the recall itself, though it does definitely lead that way). This is over the recall of six Baker City Councilor, Joanna Dixon, Johnny Waggoner Sr., Dean Guyer, Kerry McQuisten, Shane Alderson and Jason Spriet, for a decision to accept the City Manager's proposal to remove ambulance services from the fire department's job and cut fire department employees. A seventh councilor is ineligible until September 22. 

Petitioner need 680 signatures.

Florida: Martin County Commissioner facing recall threats

Martin County Commissioner Stacey Hetherington is facing calls for a recall (perhaps just in this column) over her vote in favor of a land use change that will allow higher density projects to be built.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Maine: Medway Select Board member recall makes Election Day Ballot

Medway Select Board Member Peggy Jo Stanley (R) is facing a recall election on Election Day in November. Petitions accuse Stnaley of being disruptive at meetings and yelling at staffers. Stanley is also a member of the Maine House of Representatives, though she is not running for reelection.

87 valid signatures were handed in. Petitioners needed 79.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Ohio: Berea Councilmember survives recall vote

Berea Councilmember Leon Dozier survived his recall election on September 13, 126-93. The issue seems to be complaints of a lack of responsiveness and problems with flooding. 70 signatures were handed in.


Michigan: Recall Effort against two St. Joseph School Board members fails

The recall effort against St. Joseph School Board members Kathy Weykamp and Brett Wier failed. Petitioners needed 2498 signatures for each. They handed in 2590 for Weykamp and 2580 for Wier, but got 2320 and 2321. 

This is the latest failed recall effort in Berrien County, all over board members support for mask policies designed to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Niles Community School Board President Mark Wortham, Trustee Kyle Zelmer and Trustee David Fink, Lakeshore Public School Board President Jason Beckrow and Secretary Rachel Wade,  and Watervilet School Board President Bill Spaulding. all faced recall efforts, though it seems none have gotten to the ballot.

Texas: La Marque Council member facing petitions

La Marque Councilmember Kimberley Yancy is now facing petitions, which appears to be part of the same recall effort to kick out Mayor Keith Bell. The complaints are over divisiveness and "racial" politics, which are also compared by the petitioner to "prison politics." No word on how many signatures.

Florida: Signatures in Riviera Beach Council recall tossed out due to lack of county info in petition

Signatures collected in the recall effort against Riviera Beach Councilwoman Julia Botel have been tossed out, because the petition did not include the county as part of the address. Petitioners are looking to appeal.

The recall is over claims that Botel tried to stop a beach party from taking place on Singer Island. Petitioners claim they got 2700 signatures and the Palm Beach County Elections claim it was at 2400.

Georgia: Cordele Commission Chair recall effort survives judicial review

The recall effort of Cordele Commission Chairman Joshua A. Deriso has survived a judicial review and are on too stage two. The recall is over complaints about removing a picture from the police department, insulting another commissioner and kicking one of the lead petitioners out of the movement.

Petitioners have gathered 126 signatures, they needed 100 valids to move to the next stage. Georgia is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, so a judge had to sign off. Petitioners need 1785 and claim to have 750 at this point.

Monday, September 12, 2022

Colorado: Signature collection started in recall effort against party-switching State Senator

The recall effort against Colorado State Senator Kevin Priola, who switched from Republican to Democrat, has received the green light from the Secretary of State.

Previously, the Secretary of State announced that any recall effort against , would take place in the 13th district, his new, more Republican district (4%  GOP lean), rather than the 25th, which is evenly split. 

Petitioners would need 18,291 signatures in 60 days.  

The Senate is safely Democratic (21-14) and Priola is term-limited. He barely won office in 2020, 50.84-49.16. Priola switched parties due to his opposition to Republican election denial and conspiracy theories.  In addition to his switch, petitioners are also citing his vote for road-use fees and a bill to make most drug possessions a misdemeanor, as well as drug injection sites in Denver.

Republicans leaned heavily into recalls after their disastrous showings in 2018, though to no effect (none got on the ballot). Colorado did have two recalls which led to the removal of two Democratic Senators in 2013 over gun control laws. 

Voters have used the recall against party flippers twice in the past (arguably three times). In 1995, California Assemblyman Paul Horcher was ousted over moving from Republican to Independent and voting for Willie Brown for Speaker. Assemblywoman Doris Allen also moved from the Republicans in the same year and had herself elected Speaker, which led to her ouster. While seen as a betrayal, I don't believe she actually left the party. And in 1981, Washington State Senator Peter Von Reichbauer switched from Democrat to Republican, which flipped control of the chamber. Von Reichbauer survived the recall vote. 

Missouri: Judge rejects attempt to strike signatures in Robertson Fire District Board recall

A judge has rejected a lawsuit which sought to remove 140 signatures from the Robertson Fire Protection District Board recall, which would be enough to kill the effort. One of the plaintiffs is the daughter of the fire chief (who is not a board member) who signed under what she said was false pretenses. The judge noted that there was no provision allowing the courts to strike signatures after certification.

Board members Joan Noel, Becky Reinsmith, Mike Conley are facing a recall vote on November 8, after 630 signatures were verified for each. The board is blamed for putting Hazelwood near bankruptcy due to a "costly contract." Supporters of the board members claim that Hazelwood is trying to get out of the contract with the recalls. The issues listed include failure to lower costs, retaliation, failing to turn over public records and selling property for below market value.

California: Corona-Norco School Board Member recall failed

The recall effort against Corona-Norco School Board Member Jose Lalas has failed, as petitioners seem not to have turned in signatures. The recall is over his support for vaccine mandates to combat the spread of the coronavirus, as well as claims of critical race theory. Petitioners  needed 6916 signatures by September 2. Lalas has been on the board since 1990.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Michigan: Four more officials -- three in Cato, one in Belvidere -- facing recall votes over wind turbine ordinances

Cato Township Supervisor Larry Gilbert, Clerk Todd Lincoln and Trustee Jourdan Lindsay and Belvidere Township Supervisor John Anderson are all facing recall efforts over votes to approve wind and solar energy ordinances. The Montclam Election Commission is set to decide on whether the petitions meet the clarity/factualness grounds.

Recalls against Douglass Township Supervisor Terry Anderson, Clerk Rhonda Snyder and Trustee Tom Jeppesen is on the November ballot, also over a vote on a wind ordinance.

Maple Valley Township Supervisor John Schwandt will be on the ballot for a recall, also over a wind ordinance. 

Winfield Township Supervisor Phyllis Larson, Clerk Colleen Stebbins and Trustee John Black are on the ballot in November over a wind ordinance. The town voted down a solar ordinance, which failed in a voter referendum, and will vote on the wind ordinance in November.

Sidney Township trustee Jed Welder was kicked out over a wind ordinance. 

Missouri: Nixa Councilmember resigns in face of recall effort

Nixa City Councilmember Any Hoogstraet resigned in the face of a recall effort over what she said is criticism of her work as youth services coordinator at the GLO Center and her advocacy for LGBTQ residents. The petitions seemed to be focused on complaints about undermined the authority of the City Administrator.

Nixa's Mayor survived a recall vote in 2021.

California: Second Napa County Supervisor facing recall effort

 A second Napa County Supervisor, Belia Ramos, is being targeted with a recall effort, though it unknown why the recall is being launched as of yet. Napa County Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza is also facing a recall, which over his support for a vineyard project, which claims that his in-laws (who own nearby property) would benefit from it's adoption.

Petitioners would need about 3500 signatures to get on the ballot.

Michigan: Three Richfield Township officials face Recall Votes on Election Day

Recall elections have been scheduled against Richfield Township Supervisor John Bawol, Clerk Greg Watt and Treasurer Terri Hidey for Election Day, November 8. Unfortunately, the one story with details is behind a paywall (and nothing is on the government sites), so we'll have to wait for more information about this one.

California: Sacramento City Council member recall effort fails

Petitioners did not hand in any signatures in the recall effort against Sacramento City Council member Katie Valenzuela. The issues seemed to be complaints about homelessness, crime and property values.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

California: Two op-eds criticizing bill looking to change local recall laws

Here are two op-eds, one which I co-wrote with David Carrillo and the other with Steven Duvernay, taking on the proposed local recall reform law. As you can see, we take quite a skeptical look at these proposed reforms.

New Mexico: Otero County Commissioner, subjected of failed recall effort, barred from holding office

A state court judge has kicked of office Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin for his role in rioting at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Griffin, the founder of Cowboys for Trump, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor criminal charges. Griffin denies that he violated the law. 

Griffin was previously the target of a recall effort, which failed. Petitioners collected 1229 signatures and needed 1574 in 90 days. A judge greenlit the recall effort (New Mexico is a Malfeasance Standard state).

Griffin has also been accused of calling for the murder of the Governors of Virginia and Michigan, and called for violence at President Joe Biden's inauguration. 

Oregon: Eugene City Councilor losing in early results

Early results are showing that Eugene City Councilor Claire Syrett is losing in the recall vote, 2016-1351, though ballots are still being counted. About 25% of voters seem to have cast ballots.

Syrett still has an ongoing lawsuit to stop the upcoming recall election, claiming that signature gatherers lied about the basis of the recall. The recall effort is over her support for a traffic and public transit plan and the claim is that the vote was about further study. She is seeking $2500 in damages from the plaintiffs.

Saturday, September 3, 2022

California: Cannabis Company spends over $300K on Redondo Beach Councilmember recall

The parent company of Catalyst Cannabis Co. is reported to have spent $309,188 on the recall election of Redondo Beach City Councilmember Zein Obagi Jr. The recall is scheduled for October 19, which will also be the same day as a cannabis initiative.

The recall is 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 pushing to open dispensaries in the city for backing the recall ( Petitioners got 2452 valids and needed about 2250.

The special is supposed to cost $270,000 (or $240,000 if explanatory text is online only). If it is on the general election day, it will be $37,000.

Update: Tonya McKenzie is the only candidate in the replacement race.

Colorado: Steamboat Springs Councilmembers recall effort abandoned

"Limited financial resources" is causing the abandonment of the recall efforts against Steamboat Springs Councilmembers Heather Sloop, Joella West and Dakotah McGinlay. The recall was tied to a 9% tax on short term rentals (there is a repeal referendum against the law as well). Petitioners needed about 1000 signatures each (10% of turnout) to get on the ballot.

Friday, September 2, 2022

California: Signatures handed in against Downey Councilwoman

Signatures have been submitted a second time against Downey Councilwoman Catherine Alvarez. This is the second go-around, as the first petitions 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. Petitioners claim they collected 4210 signatures (they seem to have gotten 4500, but removed some). They now need 3471. 

California: Petitions taken out against Napa Valley Supervisor

Petitions have been taken out against Napa County Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza over his support for a vineyard project, which claims that his in-laws (who own nearby property) would benefit from it's adoption.

Petitioners would need about 3500 signatures to get on the ballot.

Colorado: Recall effort against party-switching State Senator would take place in new district rather than old one

Colorado's Secretary of State announced that any recall effort against Colorado State Senator Kevin Priola, who switched from Republican to Democrat earlier this week, would take place in the 13th district, his new, more Republican district (4%  GOP lean), rather than the 25th, which is evenly split. 

Petitioners would need 18,291 signatures in 60 days.  

The Senate is safely Democratic (21-14) and Priola is term-limited. He barely won office in 2020, 50.84-49.16. Priola switched parties due to his opposition to Republican election denial and conspiracy theories.  In addition to his switch, petitioners are also citing his vote for road-use fees and a bill to make most drug possessions a misdemeanor, as well as drug injection sites in Denver.

Republicans leaned heavily into recalls after their disastrous showings in 2018, though to no effect (none got on the ballot). Colorado did have two recalls which led to the removal of two Democratic Senators in 2013 over gun control laws. 

Voters have used the recall against party flippers twice in the past (arguably three times). In 1995, California Assemblyman Paul Horcher was ousted over moving from Republican to Independent and voting for Willie Brown for Speaker. Assemblywoman Doris Allen also moved from the Republicans in the same year and had herself elected Speaker, which led to her ouster. While seen as a betrayal, I don't believe she actually left the party. And in 1981, Washington State Senator Peter Von Reichbauer switched from Democrat to Republican, which flipped control of the chamber. Von Reichbauer survived the recall vote. 

Oregon: More on Eugene City Council recall

Here's another write up on the recall effort against Eugene City Councilor Claire Syrett.

Idaho: Boundary County Clerk facing petitions over claims of library election fraud

Boundary County Clerk Glenda Poston is facing a recall effort over claims of election fraud in the library election. The head of the library resigned over intimidation complaints and a demand that the library remove a book that it didn't have. Four trustees are also facing recall efforts, which I'll have to see if we can find more on.

The recall is led by a former Boundary County Library Board Trustee.

The recall effort may run into some trouble with the fact that Poston is running for reelection unopposed in November, so they probably need a new petition, but would not have enough time to make the March ballot due to the verification process (but could be on the May ballot).

The article doesn't note how many signatures are needed to get on the ballot.

Oregon: Petitions taken out against three Salem Keizer School Board members

Salem-Keizer School Board Chair Ashley Carson Cottingham, and members Osvaldo Avila and Karina Guzman Ortiz are facing recall efforts over their vote to ban concealed carry permit holders from carrying guns in school, keeping books on gender and sexuality in school libraries and the handling of public comments during meetings. 

Petitioners need 16283 signatures by November 23 to get on the ballot.

Marion County's Central School District held a recall in 2011 (resulting in removal). There was also a failed effort in Cascade School Board in 1990.

Washington, DC: Neighborhood Advisory Commissioner could face recall and reelection vote on the same day

Signatures have been approved in the recall of Washington, DC Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Amber Gove over complaints about a street being converted to one way traffic and the creation of a bike lane.  

Gove is running for reelection in November and could face both a recall and reelection on the same day. Her opponent in the general election, Alexandra Kelly, is one of the leaders of the recall effort. 
Petitioners handed in 206 valid signatures and needed 193.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Colorado: Woodland Park School Board recall fails

The recall effort against Woodland Park RE-2 School Board President David Rusterholtz, Vice President David Illingworth II and Director Suzanne Patterson failed. Petitioners handed in 2709 signatures for Patterson, but only 2323 were validated. They needed 2648. They handed in 2697 for Illingworth, and got 2288. No signatures were handed in against Rusterholtz.

The lead petitioner in the recall effort against  was arrested on charges of making a false police report. The petitioner, Samantha Peck, called and claimed that Illingworth's wife was getting into a car drunk with a small child.

The petitions over complaints about approving a charter for a new Academy in the district. The claims include violations of open meeting laws. 

California: Santa Clara Council members threatened with recall effort

Santa Clara Councilmembers Suds Jain, Kevin Park and Anthony Becker are facing recall efforts by . 

Santa Clara recently lost a battle to retain an at-large election system, which resulted in an all-white city council in a majority-minority city. Becker is challenging Mayor Lisa Gillmor for the mayoralty. There is discussion of Gillmor's perceived connections to the recall backers..

Ohio: Johnstown Mayor and Council President ousted in recall vote

Johnstown Mayor Chip Dutcher and City Council President Marvin Block were kicked out of office in the August 30th recall election. The vote was 646-252 against Dutcher and 694-208 against Block. The vote was more than double that of a special primary election earlier in the month.

The will be replaced by appointment by the council.

The recall is over claims that they pressured the former police chief to fire the court clerk/police dispatcher. The chief has filed a complaint against Block. The police chief has been fired (there is also claims that he claimed the police chief and finance director where in an "inappropriate relationship.") The campaign is called the "Chip off the old Block." Block argues that the recall is over a goal from proponents to preserve the "rural feel" rather than growing. 

The petitions were first rejected by the City Clerk over claims that petitioners could not start gathering signatures, because the six month grace period at the start of a term had not started. The petitioners claim that the law didn't specify that it needs a new term (they are both on their second term). This does not sound like a winning argument and the clerk felt the same way. 

Petitioners handed in 305 for Dutcher and 332 for Block, and apparently got about 140 valids each. They needed 95 valids. The recall was estimated to cost about $15,000.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Massachusetts: Recall effort underway against Nantucket Select Chair

A recall effort has been started against Nantucket Select Chair Jason Bridges over a vote to choose a new fire chief.  Petitioners are upset that they didn't appoint the Deputy Fire Chief to the position. Petitioners are focused on whether he circulated a letter to the public about a 15 day period to veto the appointment. 

Petitioners first need 200 signatures and then a second petition with 20% of registered voters.

Michigan: Lakeshore Public School Board Recalls fails due to signature rejections

The recall effort against in Berrien County' Lakeshore Public School Board President Jason Beckrow and Secretary Rachel Wade has failed.

The recalls were part of a large group of efforts against Berrien County officials, all over board members support for mask policies designed to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Petitioners needed 2156 valids for each. They handed in 2388 for Becrow and got 2052 valids and 2400 for Wade, with only 2019 found valids. Numerous people signed the wrong petition form (not the municipality that they are registered to vote in) and some of the addresses were filled out by someone else. 

Texas: Conroe Councilmember facing petitions

Petitions have been taken out against Conroe Councilwoman Marsha Porter over her support the firing of the City Administrator and the resignation of the Director of Finance. 

The wife of former Mayor Pro Tem Raymond McDonald is one of the leaders of the recall effort. McDonald lost his race to Councilman Howard Wood, who also supported the ouster. 

Seems like petitioners would need over 1500 signatures in 45 days to get on the ballot (30% of turnout).

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Louisiana: Petitions taken out against New Orleans Mayor

Petitions have been taken out against New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell over complaints about a failure to put New Orleans first. Petitioners need 53,353 signatures (20% of registered voters) in 180 days.

Friday, August 26, 2022

California: Legislature passes bill to remove replacement races from local recalls

The California state legislature has passed a bill that will remove replacement races for local recall elections and replace it with the "Automatic Replacement" or Replace as by law" model. The legislators are focused on what they claim is hyperpartisanship. Presumably it would not impact charter cities that have their own laws. I'll have more to say on this soon, as I'm trying to place an op-ed on the subject.

No word if California Governor Gavin Newsom will sign the bill.

California: Continued fallout from failed LA D.A. recall

Some more stories from the failed recall effort against L.A. District Attorney George Gascon, including a UC Berkeley IGS poll suggesting that voters were in favor of the recall 41-20%. 

There's also a column in the LA Daily News that focuses on the mysterious "canceled" category of failed signatures, noting that many of them were people who died or moved. The article argues that pruning of the voter rolls would have lessened the amount of signatures needed, which may have led the recall to succeed. 

New Jersey: Millburn Township Committee Members facing petitions

Petitions have been taken out for a recall of Millburn Township Committee members Maggee Miggins and Sanjeev Vinayak. The recall is over their support for a housing center that proponents say will greatly increase downtown traffic.

Petitioners need the signatures of 25% of registered voters to get on the ballot.


Colorado: Petitions taken out against two Colorado Springs councilmembers

Petitions are being taken out against Colorado Springs Councilmembers Wayne Williams (R) and Stephannie Fortune. The recall is about claims of his relationship with developers. 

Williams is the former Secretary of State and is running for Mayor.

The leader of the recall effort if the former treasurer for the El Paso County Republican Party, who has long fought with Williams. There seems to be internal battles in the GOP County Party. Williams has also appeared with Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold, who beat Williams in 2018, in an ad against election disinformation.

Petitioners need 24507 signatures for Williams and 4053 signatures for Fortune.

Wisconsin: Two Shawano School Board members resign after signatures handed in

Two Shawano School Board Member Michael Sleeper (1958) and Chuck Dallas (1923) resigned after signatures were handed in. Petitioners handed in 1958 and 1923 signatures and needed 1829 valids. I'm not clear if the signatures were validated yet. The issues was complaints over a $2 Million deficit that could lead to closings/staff cuts. After some legal discussion, and the removal of the petitions following the resignations, there won't be a replacement vote. 

Colorado: Petitions taken out against party-flipping State Senator

Petitions are being taken out against Colorado State Senator Kevin Priola, who switched from Republican to Democrat earlier this week, though petitioners are citing his support for a gas tax and safe injection sites for drug users.

Petitioners would need 18,291 signatures in 60 days.  

The Senate is safely Democratic (21-14) and Priola is term-limited. He barely won office in 2020, 50.84-49.16. Priola switched parties due to his opposition to Republican election denial and conspiracy theories. However, in true twist, the district that Priola was elected in (25) is more Democratic-leaning than the 13th district, which is where he is serving after redistricting. It is unclear where the recall would take place (and therefore who would sign) -- the old district lines or the new ones. 

Republicans leaned heavily into recalls after their disastrous showings in 2018, though to no effect (none got on the ballot). Colorado did have two recalls which led to the removal of two Democratic Senators in 2013 over gun control laws. 

Voters have used the recall against party flippers twice in the past (arguably three times). In 1995, California Assemblyman Paul Horcher was ousted over moving from Republican to Independent and voting for Willie Brown for Speaker. Assemblywoman Doris Allen also moved from the Republicans in the same year and had herself elected Speaker, which led to her ouster. While seen as a betrayal, I don't believe she actually left the party. And in 1981, Washington State Senator Peter Von Reichbauer switched from Democrat to Republican, which flipped control of the chamber. Von Reichbauer survived the recall vote. 

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Oregon: Six Baker City Councilors facing recall threats

Six Baker City Councilor, Joanna Dixon, Johnny Waggoner Sr., Dean Guyer, Kerry McQuisten, Shane Alderson and Jason Spriet, are facing recall threats over a decision to accept the City Manager's proposal to remove ambulance services from the fire department's job and cut fire department employees. A seventh councilor is ineligible until September 22. 

Petitioner need 680 signatures.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Tennessee: Recall effort discussed against Shelby County Clerk

Recall threats are being discussed against Shelby County Clerk Wanda Halbert over an office closure to catch up on work while Halbert is on vacation (Halbert only started in office 20 days ago).  The county charter gives 6 month grace periods at both the beginning and the end of the term. Petitioners need 15% of registered voters, which appears to be 87,750 valid signatures.

Monday, August 22, 2022

UK: Renewed recall push for MP who traveled with COVID symptoms

There's a new push to recall Minister of Parliament Margaret Ferrier (a former SNP member), who recently pleaded guilty to violating COVID safety protocols during in 2020, after refusing to self isolate, going to church and a bar and then taking a train from Glasgow to London despite having the coronavirus (though she had not yet tested positive). She could face a recall vote if suspended for more than 10 days. Petitioner would need 8100 signatures to get on the ballot. 

Missouri: Lawsuit seeks to strike signatures from Robertson Fire District Board recall

A lawsuit filed is seeking to remove 140 signatures from the Robertson Fire Protection District Board recall, which would be enough to kill the effort. One of the plaintiffs is the daughter of the fire chief (who is not a board member) who signed under what she said was false pretenses.

Board members Joan Noel, Becky Reinsmith, Mike Conley are facing a recall vote on November 8, after 630 signatures were verified for each. The board is blamed for putting Hazelwood near bankruptcy due to a "costly contract." Supporters of the board members claim that Hazelwood is trying to get out of the contract with the recalls. The issues listed include failure to lower costs, retaliation, failing to turn over public records and selling property for below market value.

Friday, August 19, 2022

Florida: Former Sebastian Councilmember running for seat two years after being kicked out

Two years after he was kicked out of office in a recall, former Sebastian City Councilman Damien Gilliams, is running for office. There was two year ban after Gilliams was convicted of violating the Sunshine law.

Gilliams was one of three Sebastian City Council members kicked out in a recall that seems to have started over fights with the Mayor and other council members -- the three were elected on on a platform of opposition to an 1100 acre annexation plan last year. Gillams and Parris notably voted against the hiring of a new city attorney.  They were also arrested for breaking the Sunshine Law and perjury for lying to investigators. The three members allegedly voted to fire the city staff and appoint Gilliams mayor in what investigators call an illegal meeting. The two allegedly lied under oath.

Oregon: Eugene City Councilor sues to stop recall election

Eugene City Councilor Claire Syrett has filed a lawsuit to stop the upcoming recall election, claiming that signature gatherers lied about the basis of the recall. The recall effort is over her support for a traffic and public transit plan and the claim is that the vote was about further study. She is seeking $2500 in damages from the plaintiffs.

Petitioners handed in over 2000 signatures. They needed 1365. Haven't seen how many were rejected. 

Tennessee: Nashville City Council member recall fails

The recall effort against Nashville Councilmember Jonathan Hall failed. The recall was over campaign finance violations and penalties. Petitioners handed in 1498 signatures and needed needed 1800. The signatures were not actually counted as they didn't hit the limit. 

The lead petitioner, Charles Scott, is running for the position in the next election.

California: Another look at the Los Angeles District Attorney Recall Failure and Baseless Conspiracy Claims

While we already looked at the failure of the recall attempt against Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, there has been a number of articles and a prominent social media post putting forward a complaint about the clerk which suggests something untoward in the signature verification process. There have been some corrections, including a highly recommend Red State story  a conservative site that backed the recall, which takes a scathing look at the failure of the recall effort and calls into question the complaints of petitioners. The Red State article alleges some level of actual fraud in signing the attestations and that the petitioners knew that they did not have enough signatures.

I guess I should revisit the numbers to show what seems to have happened. 

27.3% of the signatures were tossed out -- 195,783 of the 715,833 signatures handed in (I'm not sure why 28% has been regularly cited as the number). So they missed by 46,807. They got 520,050 valids. They needed 566,857.

As noted before, the signature rejection rate was within the range of past California recalls, though on the higher end (Here's the link with the discussion). There was a 34% signature failure rate for LA Councilmember Mike Bonin and a 20% rejection rate for the recalls of the San Francisco District Attorney and the three San Francisco School Board members. Because of the available data, these are useful to look at for comparison purposes.

The rejections for the Gascon recall were as follows:

Not Registered -- 88,464 (12% of total handed in) 

Duplications -- 43,593 (6%)

Different Address -- 32,187 (4%)

Mismatch signature -- 9,490 (1.3%)

Canceled -- 7,344 (1%)

Out of County Address -- 5,374 (.07%)

Other -- 9,331 (1.3%)

In the San Francisco recalls, the handed in 83,484 signatures, and sampled 4174 (I explain how this works here). In the D.A. Chesa Boudin recall, the breakdown was:

Approved -- 79% (3229 signatures)

Not Registered 13.2% (553)

No Signature 0% (2)

PO Box/Mailing Address -- .1% (4)

Printed Signatures .1% (3)

Registered Late -- .9% (39)

Signatures does not match 1.5% (62)

Wrong Address -- 4.8% (201)

Cannot identify .2% (7)

No Residence Address Given 0% (2)

Duplicates -- Signed more than once 0% (2)

Hopefully, we can see the big difference here. The not registered is very similar -- actually higher in San Francisco. The sheer number of duplicates here -- 43,593 is 6% of total signatures. There were only 2 duplicates in the SF DA sample. The school board samples were even better -- they had only one for all three combined recalls. This may point to issues the gatherers, as there was a lawsuit by the signature gathering company against the recall committee. The Red State article goes very deeply into this. 

More objectionable, the pro-recall forces sent a note complaining about the standard for the recall and a "shockingly large" rejection rate, though they used a very odd comparison (ballots mailed out during past elections). These ballots were of course sent to registered voters. So there would be no problem with the non-register voters, out of district voters or duplicates. The failure rate of those signatures was similar with the election and recall. 

This did not stop a false meme from spreading, a story amplified by Donald Trump Jr. among many others. But as we can see (and as the Red State story notes), the actual mismatched signatures were a small part of the Gascon recall failure. 

The petitioners have criticized heavily for spending $8 million and not getting to the ballot (an upcoming Red State story promises a look at where the spending went). Some recent propositions (discussed towards the end) spent $6 million to get on the ballot, though they had the advantage of gathering signatures throughout the state. But even there, there was a significant failure rate. 

The petitioners could have claimed a moral victory in gaining so many signatures -- this was vastly more signatures than ever handed in for a non-gubernatorial/LG recall in American history. The sheer number of signatures needed (more than against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in 2012 and nearly 10X that needed in San Francisco), was enough reason for it to fail. But instead, they decided to launch a baseless attack on the Clerk's office. 

Thursday, August 18, 2022

New Jersey: Follow-on article about high signature requirement in recall effort against Jersey City Councilwoman

Follow-on article to the recall effort against Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise after video was released of her hitting a cyclist in a hit-and-run accident. 

The article notes that the high threshold for recalls, as petitioners would need 42,523 signatures to get the recall on the ballot. Because she is in her first year, the recall couldn't get on the ballot until January.

Michigan: Signature verification failures kill recall effort New Buffalo Mayor and Councilman

The recall effort against New Buffalo Mayor John Humphrey and Councilman Brian Flanagan has failed, with officials knocking out enough signatures to kill the recall. 294 signatures were handed in for Humphrey and 271 for Flanagan. At least 80 signatures were tossed out on each one and they needed 219 to get on the ballot. Petitioners said they would challenge the decision.

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.

Texas: La Marque Mayor recall on Election Day Ballot

The recall effort against La Marque Mayor Keith Bell has made the ballot for Election Day in November. Can't open the article, but it seems that he is facing a recall effort over complaints over what may be campaign finance issues.

Update: Here's some more details. Petitioners got 543 valid signatures (51% of turnout). The accusations are a kitchen sink of verbal abuse and corruption. 

California: Former San Francisco School Board President running in November

Gabriela Lopez, who was ousted as the San Francisco School Board President in the February recall, announced that she is running for a seat on the board in the November elections. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Oklahoma: Proposition on Norman ballot to modify recall law

Norman voters are casting ballots on a proposition that would change recall laws following the 2020 attempts. It would add a grace period six months before the end of the term (there is currently a grace period in the first six months). It would also handle the quorum challenge of having too many officials kicked out at once, by letting a majority vote prevail if more than four councilors are kicked out. It would also let the councilors call an election for a recall vacancy.

Ohio: Berea Councilmember recall set for September 13

 Berea Councilmember Leon Dozier's recall has been scheduled for September 13. The issue seems to be complaints of a lack of responsiveness and problems with flooding. 70 signatures were handed in.

Monday, August 15, 2022

California: Los Angeles District Attorney recall fails, with 28% signature rejection rate

The recall effort against Los Angeles District Attorney has failed, with 28% of the signatures being tossed out -- 195,783 of the 715,833 signatures handed in. So they missed by 46,807 (520,050 valids. They needed 566,857.

As noted before, the signature rejection rate was within the range of past California recalls, though on the higher end (I won't repeat all the details -- here's the link with the discussion).

What is perhaps noteworthy is the sheer number of duplicates here -- 43,593, 6% of total signatures. All four of the San Francisco recalls saw negligible duplication rates. This may point to issues the gatherers, as there was a lawsuit by the signature gathering company against the recall committee. 

The pro-recall forces sent a note complaining about the standard for the recall and a "shockingly large" rejection rate, though they used a very odd comparison (ballots mailed out last year). As we can see below, the actual mismatched signatures were a small part of this. The largest tranche of rejected signatures, as in SF was not registered voters.

The rejections were as follows:

Not Registered -- 88,464

Duplications -- 43,593

Different Address -- 32,187

Mismatch signature -- 9,490

Canceled -- 7,344

Out of County Address -- 5,374

Other -- 9,331

I'm not sure what the "canceled" category is, though I wonder if it could be a signature strike counter petition.

It is not clear if there will be a lawsuit or what that lawsuit could be based on. The reasons for rejection really limit the options. 

The question of why the recall failed is already being discussed. The sheer number of signatures needed (more than against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in 2012 and nearly 10X that needed in San Francisco) should be at the top of the list. 

Michigan: Signatures handed in for recalls against school boards throughout Berrien County

Signatures have been handed in against School Board members in Berrien County. Niles Community School Board President Mark Wortham, Trustee Kyle Zelmer and Trustee David Fink, Lakeshore Public School Board President Jason Beckrow and Secretary Rachel Wade,  and St. Joseph's Trustee Kathy Weykamp and Trustee Brett Wier. All recall were over board members support for mask policies designed to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The Niles signatures have been rejected already as not having enough valid signatures due to errors on the form. Petitioners claim they got 17,600 signatures since July, though the numbers are not broken down individually

Petitioners handed in 2388 for Becrow and 2400 for Wade. They need 2156 valids.

They handed in 2590 for Weykamp and 2580 for Wier. They need 2498 valids. 

Signatures were not turned in by the deadline against Watervilet School Board President Bill Spaulding. 

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Michigan: Petition language rejected in recall attempt against two Flint School Board Members

Petitions have been rejected against Flint School Board of Education Chair Joyce Ellis-McNeal and Treasurer Laura McIntyre over unclear language.

The petitions focused on a complaint filed by former board member Anita Steward over racial discrimination. 

Petitions were previously filed against Ellis-McNeal over claims of violating 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.

Ohio: East Cleveland Mayor recall makes the ballot

Signatures have been validated against East Cleveland Mayor Brandon King, with petitioners handing in 322 valid signatures and needing 311. The election would likely be on Election Day, November 8.

Petitioners claim that King used the police to target his Democratic primary opponents in 2021 for towing a van he was using to promote another candidate using loudspeakers.

King has been mayor since 2016 when the last mayor, Gary Norton, was kicked out in a recall with the council president, Thomas Wheeler. 

Friday, August 12, 2022

Virginia: Petitions out in Virginia Beach School Board recall

Virginia Beach School Board members Carolyn Rye, Trenace Riggs, Jessica Owens, Dottie Holtz, Kimberly Melnyk and Beverly Anderson are being targeted in a recall effort over the votes for procedures to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Five school board members are not listed, one of whom, Victoria Manning, is actually listed as part of the leadership of the pro-recall group. 

Petitioners claim they need between 12,000-30,000 signatures. This recall would not go to the ballot, but would be decided by a judge under Virginia's recall trial law. 

Virginia: Signatures handed in for Isle of Wright School Board member

Signatures were handed in against Isle of Wright School Board Member Michael Vines over accusations of defamatory remark with a fellow board member. This was during a fight over a promotion of a staffer to a new Deputy Superintendent position. Vines also seemed to attack the non-native county members and is accused of leaving information off disclosure forms. Petitioners handed in 214 and need 172 signatures.

Vines was appointed as a replacement last year, so his seat was up for a vote in November regardless. Virginia's recall trial law would require a judge to decide whether Vines keeps the position.

California: New candidate in San Francisco District Attorney replacement race

Former Police Commissioner John Hamasaki is running in the San Francisco District Attorney replacement race to replace Chesa Boudin, who was ousted in a recall vote (Police Commissioner is an appointment Supervisor position. The head of the department is the Chief).

Current D.A. Brooke Jenkins, who was appointed to temporarily replace Boudin by Mayor London Breed, is now under fire over accepting $100,000 as a consultant for a group that helped push for the recall.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Michigan: Marshall School Board President resigns

Marshall School Board President Richard Lindsey has resigned in the face of a recall effort (though Lindsey claims it had nothing to do with the resignation). Lindsey was on the board for 13 years.

Petitions language was approved against Marshall School Board members Lindsey, Matt Davis and Shawna Gamble over a failed bond measure and a violation of an open meeting act and complaints of conflict interest (as Lindsey was an attorney for Albion College). Petitioners need to get 2457 signatures to get on the ballot.

The petitions were taken out by former Albion Mayor David Atchison, who faced recall petitions during his term.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

California: Petitioners claim about "shockingly large" rejection rates

The lead petitioners in the recall of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon are complaining about the procedures for signature verification. Petitioners claim that the 22% rejection rate is "shockingly large" which they oddly compare to a 2% rejection for vote by mail ballots, which are of course different. The problem is that (based on the SF recall efforts) most of the signatures are rejected because the voters are not registered or give a wrong address. The 22% signature failure rate is not that unusual based on past recall efforts

Virginia: Proposals look to change recall law

There is some pushes for changes to Virginia's recall law, with progressives looking to raise the signature requirement for recalls to 30% of turnout and try to tighten the malfeasance standard to make it harder to get on the ballot. The proposal would have gotten rid of the odd recall trial law, so a recall would be much more likely to succeed. Republican recall proponents are looking to make it easier, though it is not clear that there are any efforts to get rid of the malfeasance standard.

Michigan: Signatures handed in against New Buffalo Mayor and Councilman

Signatures have been handed in for the recall of New Buffalo Mayor John Humphrey and Councilman Brian Flanagan. 294 were handed in for Humphrey and 271 for Flanagan. Petitioners need 219 to get on the ballot. 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.

My op-ed in the Hill on Georgia recall and the recall boomerang

 Here's my op-ed in the Hill looking at the unlikelihood of the Georgia D.A. recall, as well as why it may help Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Minnesota: Two Harbors Mayor ousted in recall vote; Seemingly first recall ouster in state since at least 1996

Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson has been ousted in a recall vote, with early results showing more than 86% of the vote against him, 1149-180. This seems to be the first recall removal since Minnesota adopted a malfeasance standard recall in 1996 (a recall in Tracy in 2017 saw an official survive. Other officials have resigned in the face a recall vote). 

The recall was seemingly over claims that Swanson, in his second term, 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. This was seen as using this for his own business dealings. Swanson, who was one of six Democratic mayors to back Trump in the 2020 election, recently admitted that he was sentenced to probation for sexual abuse as a teenager. 

Petitioners handed in 618 signatures and have 532 valids, they needed 498. 

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. 

There was 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. In this case, there will be a replacement appointed. A district court judge threw out an attempt to toss the recall. 


Monday, August 8, 2022

New Jersey: Recall threats against Jersey City Councilwoman

Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise is being pushed to resign or face a recall attempt after a hit-and-run accident. 

Petitioners would need 42,523 signatures to get the recall on the ballot. Because she is in her first year, the recall couldn't get on the ballot until January.

Colorado: Lead petitioner in Woodland Park School Board recall arrested over filing police report

The lead petitioner in the recall effort against Woodland Park RE-2 School Board President David Rusterholtz, Vice President David Illingworth II and Director Suzanne Patterson was arrested on charges of making a false police report. The petitioner, Samantha Peck, called and claimed that Illingworth's wife was getting into a car drunk with a small child.

The petitions over complaints about approving a charter for a new Academy in the district. The claims include violations of open meeting laws. 

Petitioners need about 3000 signatures each by the end of July. 


Canada: Petitions taken out against British Columbia's Vernon-Monashee MLA

Petitions have been filed against British Columbia (Vernon-Monashee) MLA Harwinder Sandhu over complaints about his support for policies put in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Petitioners need 21,268 signatures by October 11. Unlike in the US, there is a strick $37,046.52 spending limit for both sides. Additionally, the petitions automatically vacate the seat, resulting in a by-election, which the official can run in (easier than many recalls in the US, where and absolute majority is needed to win the vote).

The article notes that 26 recall petitions have been taken out since 1995, though there have been no recall elections held. Only six have been turned in with signatures. Five failed to get enough signatures, and the MLA resigned during the verification process in the sixth.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Ohio: Lakota School Board Member facing petitions

Petitions are being taken out against Lakota School Board Member Darbi Boddy is facing. Boddy, who was elected last year, has focused on complaints about teaching Critical Race Theory and LGBTQ lessons, though officials and other board members have claimed that it is not taught in the district. 

Petitioners need 6751 valid signatures, though it sounds like a court (Butler County Common Pleas Court) would decided on whether she would remain, which sounds like Virginia's Recall Trial law.

Friday, August 5, 2022

Texas: La Marque recall makes the ballot

Petitioners have apparently collected enough signatures to get the recall of La Marque Mayor Keith Bell on the ballot. It seems to be over campaign finance issues. Hopefully, we'll have some more info soon.

Ohio: Johnstown Mayor and Council President recall vote set for August 30

The recall election has been scheduled against Johnstown Mayor Chip Dutcher and City Council President Marvin Block for August 30. The recall will cost about $15,000.

The recall is over claims that they pressured the former police chief to fire the court clerk/police dispatcher. The chief has filed a complaint against Block. The police chief has been fired (there is also claims that he claimed the police chief and finance director where in an "inappropriate relationship.") The campaign is called the "Chip off the old Block." Block argues that the recall is over a goal from proponents to preserve the "rural feel" rather than growing. 

The petitions were first rejected by the City Clerk over claims that petitioners could not start gathering signatures, because the six month grace period at the start of a term had not started. The petitioners claim that the law didn't specify that it needs a new term (they are both on their second term). This does not sound like a winning argument and the clerk felt the same way. 

Petitioners handed in 305 for Dutcher and 332 for Block, and apparently got about 140 valids each. They needed 95 valids. 

Idaho: Three Pocatello City Council members facing petitions

Petitions have been taken out against Pocatello City Council member Roger Bray, Claudia Ortega and Chris Stevens over complaints about belligerent behavior. There seems to be complaints over spending and behavior (with one claim that it's like North Korea) and racially insensitive comments. 

Petitioners would need about 6000 signatures in 75 days. 

California: Former San Francisco District Attorney Boudin not running in replacement race

Former San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin is not running for election in the replacement race to replace himself in November. Boudin said that he is not running due to a desire to "put my family first."

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Georgia: Fulton County District Attorney targeted by Trump support recalls

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is facing a potential recall effort over her investigation into Donald Trump's attempt to overthrow the 2020 elections. Petitioners would need more than 240,000 signatures to get a recall on the ballot.

Georgia is a Malfeasance Standard/Judicial Recall state and (absent a particularly partisan review or an Alaska Supreme Court-like decision) is unlikely to approve a recall effort. However, the article claims it will be used to attack her as ignoring crime rates and damage the jury pool. They may want to read up on the recall boomerang effect here. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene rewetted a recall note and Home Depot former Chairman Bernard Marcus has been a funder of the early efforts. 

New Jersey: Cedar Grove School Board member resigns

Cedar Grove School Board member Chrissy Dye has resigned after a recall was scheduled for Election Day. Dye, who was in her fourth term, faced a recall over complaints about a survey over gender identity. Petitioners handed in 3032 signatures and needed about 2802 (the article doesn't specify how many were valid).

California: Observers barred from Los Angeles District Attorney Signature Review process

Petitioners are not being allowed to monitor the signature review process in the recall effort of Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon because it is not considered an election. This is part of the argument that recalls are ballot measures not elections (which therefore allows for unlimited campaign donations), though the replacement races are elections. Ballot measures themselves are not open to public inspection.

Michigan: Signatures handed in against three Winfield Township Board members

Signatures have been handed in against Winfield Township Supervisor Phyllis Larson, Clerk Colleen Stebbins and Trustee John Black over complaints about ordnances dealing with wind and solar energy. There are debates over the publication of public notices in a weekly paper and whether publishing only in a weekly shopper that doesn't have online publication counts. 

There was also a recall effort against Treasurer Cathy Killinger and Trustee Steve Cole, though it is not clear what happened with those. 

The solar ordinance lost a referendum vote in Tuesday's primary.


Colorado: Petitions taken out against three Steamboat Springs Councilmembers

Petitions have been taken out against Steamboat Springs Councilmembers Heather Sloop, Joella West and Dakotah McGinlay, which is seemingly tied to a 9% tax on short term rentals (there is a repeal referendum against the law as well). Petitioners need about 1000 signatures each (10% of turnout) to get on the ballot.

Oregon: Recall of Eugene City Councilor makes the ballot

The recall election of Eugene City Councilor Claire Syrett is moving forward, as enough signatures have been validated. The recall effort is over her support for a traffic and public transit plan. 

Petitioners handed in over 2000 signatures. They needed 1365. Haven't seen how many were rejected. 

Update: Syrett will not resign and has criticized the recall effort.


Colorado: Only one signature removed two signatures in Buffalo School Board recall

Only one person asked to have their signatures removed from the petitions to remove Buffalo School Board member Sonya Hutchison. Petitioners have handedin 122 signatures, and 104 validated. They needed 79. The issue was a search for a new superintendent and claims that Hutchison went "rogue" which caused one candidate to withdraw.

The last recall election in Logan County was in 1980, when county assessor Woodrow Brown was removed and replaced by Nancy Wood. This was a two day-two step recall.

Update: The recall vote has been scheduled for November 8..

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Malaysia: Government considers law for recall of party-switchers

Malaysia is considering a law to allow recalls of party-switchers and "non-functioning or problematic representatives."

Monday, August 1, 2022

California: Petition collection company sues recall committee looking to remove Los Angeles D.A. Gascon over unpaid bills

A petition gathering company called Let the Voters Decide has sued the committee pushing for the recall of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon for $469,569 over unpaid bills. The company was hired to get 400,000 signatures at a 75% validation rate (300,000 valids) by May 4. 

The lawsuit allegeds that the committee refused refused to pay market rate for signatures collectors. 

Oregon: Petitions taken out against Port of Alsea Commissioners

Petitions have been taken out against all five Port of Alsea Board of Commissioners members, Robin Bishop, Janice Power, Joe Rohleder, Chuck Pavlik and Buster Pankey over a decision to end a lease for the "Shrimp Daddy" bait and tackle shop. There were also complaints about the Port manager.

Petitioners would need 673 valid signatures to get to the ballot.

The lead petitioner, Kurt Saindon, had previously filed petitions against Governor Kate Brown in 2020, but never handed in signatures.

Wisconsin: Signatures handed in against Shawano School Board

Signatures have been handed in against two Shawano School Board Member Michael Sleeper (1958) and Chuck Dallas (1923). Petitioners need 1829 valids. The issues is complaints over a $2 Million deficit that could lead to closings/staff cuts. 

Louisiana: Oakdale mayoral recall effort fails

The recall effort against Oakdale Mayor Gene Paul  failed. The recall was over revelations that the city clerk stole $897,000. The clerk has since died. 

Petitioners needed 934 signatures  (33 1/3rd of registered voters) in 180 days. Petitioners claim to have received over 600 -- they previously claimed to be only 350 signatures away from hitting the mark, though it sounds like none were handed in.

Texas: La Marque mayor facing petitions

La Marque Mayor Keith Bell is facing a recall effort over complaints over what may be campaign finance issues. Hopefully, we'll find out more info soon.

Tennessee: Nashville City Council member facing petitions

Nashville Councilmember Jonathan Hall is facing a recall effort over campaign finance violations and penalties. Petitioners need about 2500 signatures by August 14. Hall claims health issues. The recent redistricting causes some issues, as the election would be held under the old district lines

The lead petitioner, Charles Scott, is running for the position in the next election and would not appear on the November ballot.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Michigan: Dueling petitions engulfs Thetford Council

Dueling petitions in Thetford, where the Board Clerk Nicole Moore and Trustees Julie Tack, Ralph Henry are facing petitions filed by Supervisor Rachel Stanke (R). Stanke has filed three failed attempts against Henry alone over votes against a proposed annual budget, which resulted in a six day government shutdown.

Following the last attempt, Henry filed petitions against Stanke, Treasurer Kristine Taylor and Trustees John Congdon and Eric Gunnels. The claim against Stanke is over actions surrounding solicitation of donations for a Christmas party. This is mostly an intraparty affair, as only Congdon and Gunnels are Democrats.

The Election Board has to decide on the language, though worth noting that one member, Count Clerk-Register John J. Gleason is facing charges of bribing or intimidating a witness.

Monday, July 25, 2022

Michigan: Signatures handed in against four Exeter Township officials

Signatures have been handed in against Exeter Township Manager Phillip Bruck, Clerk Christina Bogoski, Treasurer Tammy Kernyo and Trustee Anne Kleinow after the four voted to ban Supervisor Bob Queen from township property for "erratic and inappropriate behavior." While not the lead petitioner, Queen allegedly gathered some of the signatures himself.

The article lists several different actions, including a fight over a preservation of a historic barn and another was Queen removing an unused fuel tank and dumping it down a drain, causing problems for a neighbor (he claims he thought it was groundwater). Queen allegedly interfered with responders and argued with the owner. 

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Mexico: Petitions taken out against Calexico Mayor

Calexico Mayor Javier Moreno is facing a recall effort over complaints that he used his position unlawfully, seemingly over a car registered out of state. Moreno serves a one-year term and his reelection by the council seemed to upset petitioners. It seems like they would need in the neighborhood of 4,000 signatures. 

Saturday, July 23, 2022

UK: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could face recall effort if Parliamentary inquiry goes against him

Soon-to-be-former Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Conservative) could face a recall vote if he is suspended from the House of Commons as part of a Parliamentary inquiry over whether he violated the lockdown protocols and lied about it during the coronavirus pandemic. If he is suspended for 10 sitting days or 14 calendar days, a petition can be filed. 

Friday, July 22, 2022

Oregon: Signatures handed in against Eugene City Councilor

Signatures have been handed in against Eugene City Councilor Claire Syrett. The recall effort is over her support for a traffic and public transit plan. 

Petitioners handed in over 2000 signatures. They need 1365. 


New Jersey: Cedar Grove School Board makes the ballot for November

Signatures have been verified in the recall effort against Cedar Grove School Board member Chrissy Dye over complaints about a survey over gender identity. Petitioners handed in 3032 signatures and needed about 2802 (the article doesn't specify how many were valid). 

The election will be held on Election Day, November 2022.

California: Recall threats against Mendocino County Sheriff

Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall is facing threats of a recall in the future, after a write-in candidate (and Sheriff's Deputy) Trent James got 14% of the vote in the June primary. A separate resident stated that he would initiate a recall effort after the grace period of the next term, which starts on January 2. Petitioners needed more 8000 signatures to get on the ballot.


Thursday, July 21, 2022

California: Redondo Beach Councilmember recall set for October 19

The recall election of Redondo Beach City Councilmember Zein Obagi Jr, has been scheduled for October 19, which will also be the same day as a cannabis initiative.

The recall is 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 pushing to open dispensaries in the city for backing the recall (Catalyst Cannabis Co. has been the top funder).. Petitioners got 2452 valids and needed about 2250.

The special is supposed to cost $270,000 (or $240,000 if explanatory text is online only). If it is on the general election day, it will be $37,000.

Update: Tonya McKenzie is the only candidate in the replacement race.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Washington: Four Prosser School Board members facing petition threats

 Prosser School Board President Andy Howe, VP Jason Rainier and members Peggy Douglas and Jeanie Aubrey are facing petitions. Petitioners want the board to fire the school superintendent and instead giving a raise. The fifth board member, Elisa Riley, is not facing petitions. Petitions first have to be approved by a judge, as Washington is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state. 

Ohio: Johnstown Mayor and Council President recall effort blocked due to grace period

The recall effort against Johnstown Mayor Chip Dutcher and City Council President Marvin Block has been rejected by the City Clerk over claims that petitioners could not start gathering signatures, because the six month grace period at the start of a term had not started. The petitioners claim that the law didn't specify that it needs a new term (they are both on their second term). This does not sound like a winning argument and the clerk felt the same way. 

The recall is over claims that they pressured the former police chief to fire the court clerk/police dispatcher. The chief has filed a complaint against Block. The police chief has been fired (there is also claims that he claimed the police chief and finance director where in an "inappropriate relationship.") The campaign is called the "Chip off the old Block"

Petitioners handed in 305 for Dutcher and 332 for Block and need 95 valids. 

Missouri: Three Robertson Fire District Board members face recall vote on November 8

Robertson Fire Protection District Board members Joan Noel, Becky Reinsmith, Mike Conley  are facing a recall vote on November 8, after 630 signatures were verified for each. The board is blamed for putting Hazelwood near bankruptcy due to a "costly contract." Supporters of the board members claim that Hazelwood is trying to get out of the contract with the recalls. The issues listed include failure to lower costs, retaliation, failing to turn over public records and selling property for below market value.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Colorado: Signatures validated in Buffalo School Board recall

Signatures have been validated in the Buffalo School Board member Sonya Hutchison, with petitioners handing in 122 signatures, and 104 validated. They needed 79. The issue was a search for a new superintendent and claims that Hutchison went "rogue" which caused one candidate to withdraw.

The last recall election in Logan County was in 1980, when county assessor Woodrow Brown was removed and replaced by Nancy Wood. This was a two day-two step recall.

Update: The recall vote has been scheduled for November 8.