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1st Day Petition Rejections: 12-13%

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:

  • Sandi Bloem (5,384 signatures) Accepted: 88% Rejected: 12%
  • Deanna Goodlander (5,314 signatures) Accepted: 88% Rejected: 12%
  • Mike Kennedy (5,327 signatures) Accepted: 87% Rejected: 13%
  • Woody McEvers (5,267 signatures) Accepted: 88% Rejected: 12%

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.

Decline To Sign Perusing Petitions

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)


City Clerk Spells Out Petition Handling

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.

  • On Friday, June 8, at 9:00 a.m.  All parties involved have been invited to “inspect” the copier/scanner that will be used to scan the petitions.  (This is a result of a request from the Recall group).
  • On Monday, June 11th, at 9:00 a.m. Frank Orzell has informed me that he will deliver the petitions to me. Before I will allow him to file them, I will confirm that the individuals who had requested their names be removed have had the opportunity to do so. If not, I will escort Mr. Orzell to the Warner room with his petitions until anyone who had requested but may have not had the opportunity to do so, to come to City Hall and remove their names prior to allowing Mr. Orzell to file the petitions. I will then allow Mr. Orzell to file the petitions with me.

More here

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?

Java Has Save Cougar Bay Petitions

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?

Court Won’t Protect Petitioner IDs

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?

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