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Breaking! Rejection Rate Now 18%

From County Clerk Cliff Hayes' office: "This afternoon Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced further progress on signature verifications for the Coeur d’Alene Recall petitions.  “With more petitions verified and checked, most signatures are valid.  However, the rejection rate has increased”, Hayes said. Approximate signature rejection percentages for all Council members are now 18%; the signature acceptance rate has fallen to 82%." In a follow-up email, Hayes reports that petition checkers have gone through 30% of the signatures so far. At 18% disqualification (up 6% from the first day's counting), the signature totals would be as follows:

  • Mayor Sandi Bloem (who had roughly 5384 signatures): 4418
  • Councilman Mike Kennedy (5327 signatures): 4368
  • Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander (5314 signatures): 4357
  • Councilman Woody McEvers (5267 signatures): 4319

BTW, you can find a link leading to all the recall petitions here

DFO: Two key numbers: 4311 (amount of valid signatures needed to trigger a recall election) and 20% (the amount of disqualified signatures needed for Mayor Sandi Bloem to survive; others would need slightly lower percentage). BTW, these numbers are consistent with the ones anti-Recallers have tabulated in their unofficial monitoring and perusual of the petition signatures. They had a total of roughly 12% on the first day of counting signatures likely from local Tea Party/GOP/anti-tax lists. Then, the number of disqualifications began to grow significantly. I keep hearing from anti-Recallers that it's going to be a squeaker.

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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