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Recalling is official business

Greg Risling

A recall effort of a public official must go through a variety of steps before residents have the chance to vote for a replacement. County Registrar of Voters representative Michele MacIntyre outlined the process:

— The recall group files a Notice of Intention to Circulate a Recall Petition.

— The named official has seven days to file an answer which can not exceed 200 words.

— A lawsuit may be filed after both sides have served their response by the public official or his/her lawyers.

— The recall group has 120 days to gather the needed signatures from residents within the specified jurisdiction. If the group can’t reach that amount, it can rescind the notice.

— In the next step, if the required signatures are filed, the elections office has to verify the address and name of each petitioner. Registered voters with post office boxes aren’t included.

— Once the signatures have been confirmed, the petition is submitted to the governing board where it serves a Notice of Sufficiency. Then a recall election can occur.

— A call for election is issued for residents who would be interested in running for the vacated position. Time frame can last three weeks.

— A recall election takes place within 80 to 120 days.


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