Sunday, January 19, 2014

Recall Effort to Oust North Idaho School Trustee Ends on Technicality

Posted By on Sun, Jan 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM

In spite of his opponents securing a sufficient number of signatures and submitting the necessary paperwork, a recall effort against a North Idaho school board member has been dropped.

Earlier this month, Boise Weekly told you about a controversial proposal from Lake Pend Oreille School Board Trustee Steve Youngdahl that called for education staff to carry concealed weapons at his district's schools (BW, News, "Packing Heat," Jan. 8, 2014).

A number of residents signed petitions to launch a recall election and, indeed, the Bonner County clerk scheduled a special recall election for Tuesday, March 11.

But the Bonner County Daily Bee now reports that a procedural error has brought the recall effort to a halt.

The Idaho secretary of state's office ruled that the recall petition signatures needed to be turned in all at once to be valid, but it turns out that the recall petitions were submitted in two separate batches.

“Unlike other petitions for which multiple signature pages may be submitted during the signature-gathering period, this law does not allow for additional signatures to be submitted once the clerk has verified them," wrote Bonner County Clerk Ann Dutson-Sater.

Recall organizers can still recollect signatures, but they now say they had no plans to do so.

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