February 17, 2020 •

Alaska Supreme Court Allows Recall Dunleavy to Begin Gathering Signatures

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy

The Alaska Supreme Court issued an order allowing the campaign to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy to begin collecting signatures. The decision reverses a lower court ruling pausing signature gathering and putting the case on an extremely speedy schedule by the […]

The Alaska Supreme Court issued an order allowing the campaign to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy to begin collecting signatures.

The decision reverses a lower court ruling pausing signature gathering and putting the case on an extremely speedy schedule by the standards of the court.

Oral arguments over the legality of the recall will be held on March 25.

The Division of Elections will begin printing petition booklets for Recall Dunleavy to collect the required 71, 252 signatures.

If the Supreme Court rules the recall campaign legal, any election would take place 60 to 90 days after the Division of Elections confirms enough signatures have been gathered.

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January 30, 2020 •

Judge Places Recall Dunleavy Signature Gathering on Hold

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy

A superior court judge has delayed signature gathering for a campaign seeking to remove Gov. Mike Dunleavy from office. Judge Eric Aarseth issued a stay halting Recall Dunleavy from advancing its efforts, pending a decision from the Alaska Supreme Court. […]

A superior court judge has delayed signature gathering for a campaign seeking to remove Gov. Mike Dunleavy from office.

Judge Eric Aarseth issued a stay halting Recall Dunleavy from advancing its efforts, pending a decision from the Alaska Supreme Court.

The judge previously overruled a state Division of Elections decision rejecting the recall application.

Last week, there was some confusion over a stay, when the stay was issued and revoked a day later due to an error in the court system.

Although the ruling halts the recall campaign from moving forward with collecting signatures, both parties agreed to an expedited appeal.

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January 14, 2020 •

Anchorage Judge Allows Effort to Recall Alaska Governor to Proceed

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth reversed the Division of Election’s rejection of the Recall Dunleavy campaign application. The Division of Elections rejected a bid to advance the recall effort based on an opinion from Attorney General Kevin Clarkson. Clarkson […]

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth reversed the Division of Election’s rejection of the Recall Dunleavy campaign application.

The Division of Elections rejected a bid to advance the recall effort based on an opinion from Attorney General Kevin Clarkson.

Clarkson found the reasons listed for the recall were factually and legally deficient.

The Recall Dunleavy group argued that Clarkson’s analysis was overreaching and the recall effort should be allowed to move to a second signature-gathering phase.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration stated it will appeal the decision to the Alaska Supreme Court.

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November 8, 2019 •

Recall Bill in Alberta Legislature

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On November 6, a bill to allow recall elections of Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) was reported to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Bill 204, the Election Recall Act, allows constituents to petition for the recall of an MLA […]

On November 6, a bill to allow recall elections of Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) was reported to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Bill 204, the Election Recall Act, allows constituents to petition for the recall of an MLA if 40 percent of eligible voters sign the petition within a 60-day window.

A petition would not be permitted six months before or 18 months after a general election.

The legislation is a private bill introduced by MLA Mark Smith in October.

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November 8, 2019 •

Alaska Division of Elections Rejects Recall Petition for Governor

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy

The Alaska Division of Elections declined to certify a petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy from office, citing a legal opinion by the state attorney general. The Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson issued the opinion finding the petitioners gathered enough […]

The Alaska Division of Elections declined to certify a petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy from office, citing a legal opinion by the state attorney general.

The Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson issued the opinion finding the petitioners gathered enough signatures, paid the appropriate fees and did the technical work correctly.

However, the four allegations against the governor fail to meet any of the listed grounds for recall that include neglect of duty, incompetence, and lack of fitness.

Over 49,000 signatures were gathered in little over a month because of discontent with the governor’s decision to veto more than $400 million from the state operating budget.

The petitioners intend to file an appeal in the Anchorage Superior Court.

If the recall petition is upheld in court, backers need to collect 71,252 verified signatures to trigger a special election.

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September 11, 2019 •

Colorado Recall Efforts Fail Against Pete Lee, Persist Against Leroy Garcia

Sens. Pete Lee and Leroy Garcia

Recall efforts against Sen. Pete Lee of Senate District 11 failed on September 10. Similar recall efforts have recently targeted Senate President Leroy Garcia of Senate District 3. Proponents of Lee’s recall notified the Secretary of State’s Office that they […]

Recall efforts against Sen. Pete Lee of Senate District 11 failed on September 10.

Similar recall efforts have recently targeted Senate President Leroy Garcia of Senate District 3.

Proponents of Lee’s recall notified the Secretary of State’s Office that they would not submit the recall petition signatures required by 5 p.m. September 10.

The petition needed 11,304 signatures to recall Lee, who was targeted for sponsoring legislation to create a paid family and medical leave program to be funded by a mandatory fee on businesses and employees.

Garcia, who won his reelection in November with more than 70% of the vote, was targeted for recall after voting for a bill to restrict oil and gas production in Colorado.

If proponents for Garcia’s recall gather 13,506 signatures by the petition deadline of October 18, the effort will trigger a special election that could be held in District 3 in early 2020.

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September 10, 2019 •

Colorado Recall Efforts Against Gov. Jared Polis Fail

CO Gov. Jared Polis

A coalition of Coloradans failed to collect enough signatures to force a special election to recall Gov. Jared Polis. The leaders of the recall announced they fell short of the 631,266 signatures needed by the recall petition deadline of the […]

A coalition of Coloradans failed to collect enough signatures to force a special election to recall Gov. Jared Polis.

The leaders of the recall announced they fell short of the 631,266 signatures needed by the recall petition deadline of the end of the day on September 6 .

There were approximately 300,000 total signatures counted.

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July 15, 2019 •

Colorado Secretary of State Approves Petition for Recall of Gov. Jared Polis, Sen. Pete Lee

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Sen. Pete Lee

The Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s Office approved petitions to collect signatures for the recall of Gov. Jared Polis and Sen. Pete Lee of Senate District 11. More than 600,000 signatures are needed by September 6 to force […]

The Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s Office approved petitions to collect signatures for the recall of Gov. Jared Polis and Sen. Pete Lee of Senate District 11.

More than 600,000 signatures are needed by September 6 to force a recall election for Polis.

According to the recall statement of grounds, the petition for recall is sought against Polis for his support of legislation involving oil and gas regulation and sexual education dissemination, among others.

More than 11,000 signatures are needed by September 10 to force a recall election for Lee.

According to the recall statement of grounds, the petition for recall is sought against Lee in part for sponsoring legislation to create a paid family and medical leave program to be funded by a mandatory tax on businesses and employees.

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May 14, 2019 •

Former Colorado Rep. Resigns as Another Recall Petition is Approved

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Colorado Rep. Tom Sullivan & Former Rep. Rochelle Galindo

The Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s Office approved a petition on May 13 to collect signatures to recall Rep. Tom Sullivan in House District 37. More than 10,000 signatures are needed by July 12 to force a recall […]

The Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s Office approved a petition on May 13 to collect signatures to recall Rep. Tom Sullivan in House District 37.

More than 10,000 signatures are needed by July 12 to force a recall election for Sullivan’s replacement.

Former Rep. Rochelle Galindo was also facing a recall election but resigned on May 12.

A Democratic vacancy committee will name Galindo’s replacement.

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January 24, 2018 •

Push to Recall Santa Clara County, California Judge Qualifies for Ballot

A campaign to recall Santa Clara County, California Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky has submitted enough valid signatures to the Registrar of Voters to qualify for the June 5 ballot. Judge Persky made national headlines in 2016 after sentencing a […]

A campaign to recall Santa Clara County, California Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky has submitted enough valid signatures to the Registrar of Voters to qualify for the June 5 ballot.

Judge Persky made national headlines in 2016 after sentencing a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an intoxicated, unconscious woman outside a campus fraternity party.

The Santa Clara Board of Supervisors will have 14 days to put the recall on the June 5 ballot.  If they abstain, the recall will automatically be placed on the ballot.

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January 9, 2018 •

California Sen. Josh Newman to Face Recall Election on June 5

California Gov. Jerry Brown set June 5 as the date for a recall election on state Sen. Josh Newman. Voters in Senate District 29 will vote on the recall and pick a candidate to replace Newman if he is removed from office. […]

California Gov. Jerry Brown set June 5 as the date for a recall election on state Sen. Josh Newman.

Voters in Senate District 29 will vote on the recall and pick a candidate to replace Newman if he is removed from office.

Sen. Newman became the target of a recall effort over his support for increasing the gas tax.

If he loses, Democrats will lose their Senate supermajority.

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August 28, 2017 •

California Assembly Speaker Faces Recall Effort; Opens Debate for Universal Healthcare

Democratic Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon is currently facing a recall effort launched by single-payer healthcare activists after Rendon blocked Senate Bill 562 that would have established a single-payer healthcare system in California. Rendon represents District 63 in the California State […]

Democratic Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon is currently facing a recall effort launched by single-payer healthcare activists after Rendon blocked Senate Bill 562 that would have established a single-payer healthcare system in California. Rendon represents District 63 in the California State Assembly.

On August 24, Rendon announced plans for special committee hearings this fall to develop legislation for a path forward for universal health care legislation.

Recall organizers must collect 22,963 signatures for a recall election to be held.

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August 28, 2017 •

California Recall Fight Continues

Senate Bill 117 was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on August 24. The law is effective immediately upon passage and extends the recall election timeline and would consolidate the Josh Newman recall election with the June 2018 primary […]

Senate Bill 117 was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on August 24.

The law is effective immediately upon passage and extends the recall election timeline and would consolidate the Josh Newman recall election with the June 2018 primary instead of a standalone special ballot this fall.

Under the law, people who signed recall petitions now have 30 days to withdraw their signatures.

Within hours of Gov. Jerry Brown signing the bill, a legal challenge was filed to block the new law claiming SB 117 violates the due process rights of Newman recall proponents. No court date has been set.

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September 11, 2015 •

Recall Campaign to Continue in Oregon

The Oregon Office of the Secretary of State has ruled a recall campaign against state Sen. Floyd Prozanski did not violate election law to collect the signatures it turned in. This ruling means the recall effort will be able to […]

Seal of OregonThe Oregon Office of the Secretary of State has ruled a recall campaign against state Sen. Floyd Prozanski did not violate election law to collect the signatures it turned in.

This ruling means the recall effort will be able to continue.

The secretary of state has until Monday to check the 10,027 signatures collected. In order for a recall election to be called, there need to be 8,415 valid signatures from voters in the senator’s district.

If there are enough valid signatures, the election would have to be held before October 23.

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