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Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 5:19 pm

COEUR d’ALENE — Kootenai County dismissed a suit Wednesday that had asked a judge to rule on the deadline for recall petitions.

So, the 5 p.m. June 19 deadline includes the time it will take Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes to certify the signatures.

“I’m not satisfied with it, but I understand how they came to that,” Hayes said of the Secretary of State’s interpretation of the statutes governing the recall process. “(The conflicting statute language) is obviously an error by the legislature. They’ll fix it in January, I guess.”

The decision was made after Hayes met with Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh Wednesday morning to discuss a letter the Secretary of State’s office sent Tuesday that said the 75-day deadline for petitioners to collect signatures includes the 15 business days the county clerk will have to certify them.

The legal question had centered around whether the 15 business days the county clerk is allowed to certify petition signatures is included in or added to the 75-day window petitioners have to collect them.

At the beginning of April, the Secretary of State’s office had said the 15-day certification time frame should be added on top of the 75-day signature gathering period. But it reversed its position after reviewing the statutes governing the recall process in light of Coeur d’Alene’s interpretation that the 15 days be included.

Hayes said dropping the issue now opens the possibility that it could go to court later, should another party related to the recall effort file suit.

“This just opens it up for a potential for a lawsuit from either side,” Hayes said. “If we would have got a judge to make a ruling that would have helped in any case that was brought forth.”

The suit McHugh filed in 1st District Court last week asked a judge to settle the timeline dispute, but Hayes said Wednesday the second letter from Secretary of State Ben Ysursa carried more weight than the first, sent by Tim Hurst, the office’s chief deputy.

Hayes said his office is asking the city of Coeur d’Alene to hand over the petitions no later than June 11. That would leave his office six business days to certify the signatures, all of which have to be valid registered Coeur d’Alene voters.

Per Idaho statute, the petitioners first turn the finished petitions over to the city clerk, who “promptly” turns them over to the county clerk for certification.

City Attorney Mike Gridley said the city would comply to hit that deadline. He said he hoped the decision to drop the suit put the timeline dispute to rest.

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7 comments:

  • RadRev2D posted at 4:41 pm on Thu, May 3, 2012.

    RadRev2D Posts: 372

    are we to trust the city clerk not to lose the forms???

     
  • Sheeken Hunter posted at 9:07 am on Thu, May 3, 2012.

    Sheeken Hunter Posts: 183

    The only factual reporting seems to occur over at OpenCda. Today's post at that cite:
    HB 559 – Recall Procedures – Mr. Ben Ysursa, Secretary of State, spoke in support of the bill.
    He said that it spells out the time limit of 75 days to gather signatures for a recall. The intent was to
    make the language clearer about recall procedures.

     
  • ancientemplar posted at 6:53 am on Thu, May 3, 2012.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1287

    I'm waiting with baited breath the see Mike, $125,000/yr City Attorney, Gridley's interpretation of "Per Idaho statute, the petitioners first turn the finished petitions over to the city clerk, who “promptly” turns them over to the county clerk for certification."

     
  • bullman3 posted at 11:24 pm on Wed, May 2, 2012.

    bullman3 Posts: 142

    Try going ack to late 60s or early 70s and see who took all the state legislaters to lunch and got what they asked for only to be tricked.

     
  • RadRev2D posted at 10:05 pm on Wed, May 2, 2012.

    RadRev2D Posts: 372

    AMEN TO BOTH COMMENTS!

    Will it really take that long for CDA's 70% to waken up?
    People...your city is being stolen from you!

    Where are all the nifty career jobs promised?
    What about municipal service cuts.
    how often have you been rung through the hoops to get an answer?

    We have good, conscientious employees serving for the betterment of our community.
    Regardless the department, they are under pressure to deliver with less...and often less is delivered.
    I spoke with an employee today that was very derisive of her top boss.
    She desires to serve the needs of residents, but has no way of safely providing feedback.
    How many city workers would lose their jobs if they stood against Mayor Bloem and her Idjits?

    The Recall will proceed with sufficient signatures obtained.
    I will volunteer next week to walk my neighborhoods.
    I will remind my neighbors of MayorB's failure to mitigate downtown core densification.
    Do you really want to see an additional 1400 dwelling units (some call these homes) downtown.
    Have plans been made yet to build a large parking garage near Tubbs?
    or will that area be essentially off limits to locals once Hailey II has been achieved?

     
  • concernedcitizen posted at 7:29 pm on Wed, May 2, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    This is because yursa is connected to the "GOOD OLE BOYS" and a supporter of the SCAM known as URA.

     
  • Sheeken Hunter posted at 6:11 pm on Wed, May 2, 2012.

    Sheeken Hunter Posts: 183

    “This just opens it up for a potential for a lawsuit from either side,” Hayes said. “If we would have got a judge to make a ruling that would have helped in any case that was brought forth.”

    McHugh still hasn't developed a spine. He probably had tears well up when the city attorneys got mad at him when he filed the matter, just like he did at the first 'debate' when he faced off with Donald Gary.

     
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