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This morning Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced Tuesday’s progress on signature verifications for the Coeur d’Alene Recall petitions. “With the first day’s work completed, we’re finding most petition signatures are valid”, he said in a news release. “Or few of the petition signatures have been rejected, depending on how you want to look at it”, Hayes continued. (Huckleberries estimates that 20 percent disqualification is needed for the four elected Coeur d'Alene officials to survive the first round of the recall attempt.) Approximate verification percentages for each Council member are:
Hayes said most of the invalid signatures were people with a Coeur d’Alene mailing address, but who don’t actually reside within the city limits according to the Secretary of State’s voter registration data base. And he stressed that these percentages are approximate, and “are only one day’s worth of information. The percentages could, and probably will, change tomorrow.”
DFO: If DQ percentage holds, Mayor Sandi Bloem would have 4738 valid signatures for recall (4311 needed); Mike Kennedy 4634; Deanna Goodlander 4676; and Woody McEvers 4635.
Jennifer Drake reports to HucksOnline that 7 anti-Recallers have gone through about 200 petitions, checking for signatures that should be disqualified — almost halfway there. She tells HBO: “Things are all over the board. Lots of people not registered as voters, lots of wrong addresses. More and more who signed the petitions before they were registered. But each page is so different that we really won't know until much closer to the end. It's a very tedious process. Another thing is that it's taking us a lot longer than we thought, and we don't even have to check as much as the clerk's staff does. It will be interesting to see if they get it all done in the shortened time period. I think there's a reason they are supposed to have 15 days.” Also, Jennifer tells HucksOnline that there seems to be invalid signatures on every petition, sometimes as few as one, other times as many as 10. (Coeur d'Alene Press file photo)
Coeur d’AleneCity Clerk Susan Weathers spells out the steps she will take in handling the recall petitions beginning tomorrow (Friday):
“First, this process is not required by law but rather a process as a result of the request made by the Recall people and the fact that I have endeavored to, not only with this process but throughout this entire recall process, to be as open and transparent as I can humanly be.
Question: Which office is being more transparent in preparing to verify Coeur d'Alene recall petitions — Coeur d'Alene clerk's office or Kootenai County clerk's office?
On Twitter, Terry Harris of the Kootenai Environmental Alliance posts: “Not just because we got a great deal on an Americano this morning, we encourage everyone to head over to Java on Sherman and check out the Save Cougar Bay display they’ve allowed us to put up. Petition-signing is going very well there.”
Question: Which cause prompted you to last sign a petition?
Item: Court refuses to keep petitioner IDs private/Spokesman-Review
More Info: The Supreme Court says people who signed a petition to repeal Washington state’s gay rights law do not have the right to keep their names secret from the public. The high court on Thursday ruled against Protect Marriage Washington, which organized a petition drive for a public vote to repeal the state’s “everything-but-marriage” gay rights law. Petition signers wanted to hide their names because of worries of intimidation.
Question: Do you agree with this decision?