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Recall supporters say they’re halfway home

Supporters of an effort to oust Spokane Mayor Jim West said Monday they had about half the signatures they would need to get their recall petition on the ballot.

By staffing a “drive-through” sign-up station on North Division around the clock since the drive began last Friday, and circulating petitions elsewhere in the city, volunteers had between 5,500 and 6,000 signatures by lunchtime Monday, petition sponsor Shannon Sullivan said.

During a four-hour stretch Monday afternoon, they collected another 600 signatures, she said. They also sold some “Recall Jim West” T-shirts that a supporter had donated, to help pay for printing costs, Sullivan said.

They also received donations of cash, donuts and homemade zucchini cake, she added. Volunteers are using a donated camper that has been set up on the parking lot at 2319 N. Division.

Sullivan said recall supporters expect to have other sign-up locations around the city as soon as they can complete paperwork that some stores require for solicitations on their property.

To qualify for the ballot, supporters will need 12,567 valid signatures from registered city voters. But most petition drives have an invalidation rate of 20 percent to 30 percent from people who sign but either aren’t registered or don’t live in the area covered by the issue – in this case the Spokane city limits. Organizers usually gather enough signatures to compensate for that, and recall supporters said they will try to collect 15,000 to 18,000 signatures.

Because of the time it would take to verify signatures on the petitions with the county’s voter registration system, County Auditor Vicky Dalton has said it is unlikely the recall could be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot, even if supporters are successful in collecting as many signatures as they plan.

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