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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 5:00 am

COEUR d’ALENE — Recall organizer Frank Orzell isn’t done after all.

Relax: He’s just asking the newspaper to perform a public service.

Orzell compiled a list from Kootenai County Elections Department data of nearly 370 people who signed recall petitions against four city incumbents, but whose signatures were thrown out because of various registration issues.

The list doesn’t include any signers who were rejected because they were not qualified Coeur d’Alene voters, which was a requirement of the recall petition drive. It essentially identifies voters whose registration information on the petition form isn’t consistent with the information on the voter information system (ISVRS) maintained by the Secretary of State.

“They show up on the reject list,” Orzell said. “That’s it.”

To become properly registered, they likely could fix their various registration snafus by going to the elections department and making sure all their information is current.

The petition drive to prompt a recall election on four incumbents fell between 185-250 certified signatures short of the 4,311 signatures threshold to get the measure on a ballot. RecallCdA turned in around 5,300 signatures on each on the petitions for City Council members Mike Kennedy, Woody McEvers, Deanna Goodlander and Mayor Sandi Bloem.

Signers on Orzell’s list who update their voter registration won’t affect the recall drive, which is over, but they will clear the way for future voting issues.

Orzell’s request: “Go to the elections office and become certified,” he said.

Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes said generally, the majority of people whose signatures didn’t count don’t live in the city limits.

Orzell’s list doesn’t include those names, he said — only ones who could likely update their information at the elections office, 1808 N. 3rd Street in Coeur d’Alene.

Hayes said he has contacted the Secretary of State’s Office to put together a pamphlet explaining the process behind petition drives to help explain it to signature gatherers and other non-governmental people who otherwise might not know the ins-and-outs of Idaho election laws.

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  • chouli posted at 8:03 pm on Wed, Jun 27, 2012.

    chouli Posts: 1270

    This is not a complete list of the names of people who had their signatures invalidated. These were all people who live in the city of cda who had their voices silenced on the recall petition for who knows what petty reason the county could come up with. Do you wanna bet ALL these folks (plus more, like me) would have been eligible and able to vote had it been an election?
    There were more than enough signatures and the city knew it...

    @WilliamMiller: who is Wendy's daddy?

  • bionic man posted at 5:20 pm on Wed, Jun 27, 2012.

    bionic man Posts: 347

    Very interesting....Since when does it become a matter of public record how one votes????? If my name was on that list, there definately would be a lawsuit filed. This is nothing but BS instigated by the fantastic 4 and the administration. No wonder a lot of people didn't vote for the recall....apparently they knew their jobs would be in jeporady when the fantastic 4 and their co-horts learned of their recall vote. I would suggest to everyone that has had their name published to file suit.

  • spudman1 posted at 10:03 am on Wed, Jun 27, 2012.

    spudman1 Posts: 452

    I see Dale Schoenhard on this list? He lives in CDA. What could have knocked him out of his right to vote? How many more have been eleminated?

  • WilliamWMiller posted at 8:56 am on Wed, Jun 27, 2012.

    WilliamWMiller Posts: 106

    My son in Boise says the Queens court can thank the Lord for Wendy's daddy calling favors with Ysursa. Saved by the baffoon again.

  • Jill Heine posted at 8:50 am on Wed, Jun 27, 2012.

    Jill Heine Posts: 408

    only takes one Fab4 loyalist!
    change the rules and alter an address or two.
    “It’s not who votes that counts, it’s who counts the votes”

    Did Kyle C Newby really vote twice?

  • lexacon posted at 7:57 am on Wed, Jun 27, 2012.

    lexacon Posts: 80

    I'm pretty sure the "Capauls" voted in the last election!

  • chouli posted at 7:50 am on Wed, Jun 27, 2012.

    chouli Posts: 1270

    BTW, if any previously registered voter filed a change form after they had signed the petition, the elections office invalidated their signature and claimed it to be newly registered after ther petition signature. they didn't bother to mention that fact while I was in their office filling out the change form. That would have been useful information! Weasels looking for any excuse to throw out a signature.

  • chouli posted at 7:45 am on Wed, Jun 27, 2012.

    chouli Posts: 1270

    Take these 370 registered voters and add into it the other signatures inappropriately invalidated and there are well over 400 more signatures...so, perhaps the mayor and her crew should think twice about how they defeated the recall attempt. without the SOS pulling strings they would be preparing for their election this fall.

    It's a shame the elections office and SOS Ysursa feel just fine about disenfranchising this many voters.

  • cgent47 posted at 7:27 am on Wed, Jun 27, 2012.

    cgent47 Posts: 192

    We have 370 registered voters here that signed a petition and their signature doesn't count. If they voted in a city election would thier vote count?

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