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Update: Payne County Election Board strikes signatures from recall petitions

Released:Dec 09, 2020

UPDATE

(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / Dec. 9, 2020)  — Earlier today, Stillwater City Clerk Teresa Kadavy asked the Payne County Election Board to review the verification of signatures on the city council recall petitions. The election board reported at 4 p.m. that it has struck 16 signatures from four of the recall petitions and 17 from the petition calling for the recall of Mayor Will Joyce.

The city clerk’s request was made because of an error in the instructions to the election board from the City Attorney’s Office.

Each petition needed 416 valid signatures. Sec. 8-3 of the Stillwater City Charter requires that signers of a petition for the recall of elected officials be residents of Stillwater and registered to vote in City of Stillwater elections at the time they sign.

With the new count, each petition falls short of the necessary requirements.

Saturday, the City will publish the certification of the petition results in the Stillwater News Press. After publication, the 10-day protest period will commence.

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Statement from Stillwater City Manager concerning verification of signatures on recall petitions

STATEMENT

(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / Dec. 9, 2020) — Statement from Stillwater City Manager Norman McNickle: “Upon review of the verification of the recall petitions, the City of Stillwater realized signatures of individuals who are not registered to vote in Stillwater elections were validated. It became apparent that the City Attorney’s Office provided erroneous instructions to the Payne County Election Board. Sec. 8-3 of the Stillwater City Charter requires that signers of a petition for the recall of elected officials be residents of Stillwater and registered to vote in City of Stillwater elections at the time they sign.

Because the instructions appear to have created an erroneous count, Stillwater City Clerk Teresa Kadavy has asked the Payne County Election Board to review selected signatures and issue an amended certification of the signature counts for each petition.

If necessary, the city clerk will revise the petition certification.”

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Steps for recall as outlined in City Charter

RECALL INFORMATION AND UPDATES

(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / Nov. 10, 2020)

NOTE: Updates will be posted on this news page.

Step for recall as outlined in the City Charter.

1. The petitions must be turned into the city clerk by 5 p.m. November 9, 2020

2. The city clerk will examine the petitions to determine if they are in proper form. By Charter, this process (along with items 3, 4 and 5 below) can take up to 30 days.

3. The city clerk will send the signed petitions to the election board who will verify the signatures and determine if they are registered voters of the city.

4. The election board will notify the city clerk as to the count of verified signatures on each petition.

5.  The city clerk will prepare a certification page indicating whether the petitions are valid or not and forward it to the City Council.

6.  If valid, the City Council will call an election. The earliest possible date is February 9, 2021; the next available date is April 6, 2021.  Legal challenges to the sufficiency of the petitions could delay the election date further.

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