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Hayes Pulls Recall Suit Against City

Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes has withdrawn his lawsuit against the city of Coeur d'Alene, seeking to clarify the deadline date for the attempted recall of Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem and three council members, Deanna Goodlander, Woody McEvers and Mike Kennedy. Acting on behalf of Hayes, Prosecutor Barry McHugh wrote to Coeur d'Alene counsel Michael L. Haman that Hayes was swayed by an opinion issued by Secretary of State Ben Ysursa on May 1. Ysursa said that a city recall attempt, including verification of signatures by the clerk's office, must be complete within 75 days (June 19, in this case). According to McHugh's letter, Hayes plans to turn over all verified signatures by the June 19 deadline but will continue to count additional signatures beyond that deadline to complete his duty (in case the law is interpreted differently than Ysursa suggests). You can read McHugh's letter & supporting documents here.

Question: Does this mean the community's conspiracy theorists will say that Hayes has gone over to the other side?

Ysursa: Absolute Recall Deadline 6/19

Item: Cd'A gets state's vote: Officials expected to meet about recall lawsuit today/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The Secretary of State's office said Tuesday the 75-day timeline for recall petitioners to gather signatures includes the time it takes the Kootenai County Clerk to certify them. The letter sent by Secretary of State Ben Ysursa said that interpretation is the official position of the state's chief election officer and intended to help clarify a dispute between Kootenai County and the city of Coeur d'Alene in regard to how long signature collectors have to collect signatures in their attempt to oust four city officials.

Question: Does this remain unclear to anyone but County Clerk Cliff Hayes & County Prosecutor Barry McHugh & the Recall leaders?

Ysursa: City Right RE: Recall Deadline

Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, pictured, has written a letter to Coeur d'Alene City Clerk Susan Weathers & Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes, confirming that Weathers is right regarding the June 19 deadline to collect & certify recall petitions. The 75-day deadline includes the time the county clerk will spend verifying the signatures, said Ysursa in a letter sent today that confirms an April 18 letter sent by Ysursa's Chief Deputy Tim Hurst. Idaho code requires that  “the recall petition must be perfected with the required number of certified signatures within 75 days following the date of approval as to form,” Ysursa wrote in his two-page letter. You can read it here.

Question: Don't you think it's time for Hayes and Prosecutor Barry McHugh to drop their lawsuit against the city to clarify the recall deadline?

Early Ballot Opening Could Skirt Law

County clerks across the state are opening absentee ballots early despite state law that apparently bars doing so. On Wednesday, Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst told clerks they could open ballots early; clerks wanting to cut the election-day workload and to have time to flatten the folded papers before running them through optical scanners on Tuesday had asked for permission. Creased ballots pass through scanners slower and can jam the machines, said Ada County Election Supervisor Jo Spencer. Hurst advised clerks, in an e-mail, to figure how long opening ballots would take and begin opening that period of time before Tuesday/Jay Patrick, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Should county clerks be allowed to open absentee ballots early?

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