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Recall group submits over 4,000 signatures to Government Center

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The group looking for a recall election to oust current Mayor Jasiel Correia II has passed in more signatures to the City Clerk’s Office this morning.

The group of recallers have passed in 120 sheets filled with signatures to date. 44 on Friday and 76 today. With 40 names per sheet that would put the count at over 4,500. The elections office has yet to verify any of the signatures.

The signed affidavit calling for the recall of Mayor Jasiel Correia II was officially approved by the board of elections on October 29th.

The recall group has a few days left to collect 2,510 certified signatures (five percent of the city’s registered voters). Since none of the signatures have been certified, they are continuing to collect them and could have hundreds more by the end up of the week according to the group.

A recall election will occur if the correct amount of signatures are received and certified and the Mayor does not resign from office in 5 days from the certification.

The official recall charter language includes:

Recall Petition: Any 10 registered voters of the city may file with the city clerk an affidavit containing the name of the officer or officers sought to be recalled and a statement of the grounds for recall. The recall petition shall be returned and filed with the city clerk within 20 days after the filing of the affidavit and shall have been signed by at least 5 percent of the registered voters of the city who shall add to their signatures the street and number of their residences. The city clerk shall submit the petition to the board of election commissioners in the city and the board shall certify the number of signatures which are names of registered voters of the city.

Recall Election: If the petition shall be found and certified by the city clerk to be sufficient, the city clerk shall submit the same with the clerk’s certificate to the city council without delay, and said city council shall give written notice of the receipt of the certificate to the officer or officers sought to be recalled, and shall, if the officer (or officers) does not resign within 5 days thereafter, thereupon order a recall election to be held on a Tuesday fixed by said city council at least 65 days after the date of the city clerk’s certificate that a sufficient petition is filed; provided, however, that if any other city election is to occur within 75 days after the date of the certificate, the city clerk shall postpone the holding of said recall election to the date of such other election.

Any person who has been recalled from an office, or who has resigned from office while recall proceedings were pending against said office holder shall not be appointed to any office within 2 years after such recall or such resignation.

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