Recall of 4 Piqua City Commissioners likely to proceed to a vote

On 12/27/10, the committee of petitioners submitted approximately an additional 880 signatures (220 signatures/petition X 4 petitions [one petition for each commissioner being recalled]) to the Miami County Board of Elections. According to published reports on the WHIO and Dayton Daily News websites that appeared early this morning, the BoE has finished its certification of at least enough of those additional signatures to declare the petitions sufficient.

Although as of late yesterday afternoon neither the city staff nor the Board of Elections had notified the committee of petitioners chairman of the BoE’s findings, there is little doubt that such action by either of those entities is now a mere formality. Assuming that the city commissioners will follow the legal procedures required by Section 122 of the city charter and that none of them will do what the majority of residents have clearly demonstrated that they’d like to see these 4 commissioners do (which is RESIGN now), all 4 of those commissioners will inevitably have no alternative other than to vote to approve the scheduling of a recall election.

At the final completion of the petition circulation process, approximately 1420 Piqua city residents signed each of the four petitions (regardless of what you might see reported elsewhere) ; a total of approximately 5680 signatures. Nearly 25% of the original signatures where rejected by the BoE because of technicalities. The vast majority of that 25% were rejected because the registered address of the signer had changed (even though the signer was still a registered voter living in the city limits of Piqua) and the BoE simply didn’t have that new address on file in its (less than perfect) voter registration database. Regardless, of the reasons that an inordinate (and somewhat disturbing) number of signatures were rejected, there was never a shortage of people willing to step up and make their voices heard by signing petitions.

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