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Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 3:56 pm

The final recall petitions showing the certified and rejected signatures have been scanned by the city of Coeur d'Alene.

The city has provided the following link from which the documents (in a .zip file) can be downloaded, opened and saved directly to readers' computers for viewing. It is a very large file that includes four separate pdfs.

Scanned petitions

Coeur d'Alene City Clerk Susan Weathers told The Press that the verified petitions were delivered by the county in boxes and counted, but not scanned on Monday when the signature count was announced. Some irregularities were discovered, but do not change the end result; there were not enough valid signatures to trigger a recall election.

During the scanning, Coeur d'Alene City Clerk Susan Weathers, said they found three petitions for Mayor Sandi Bloem and three for Deanna Goodlander that had been inadvertently placed in the wrong boxes after being certified.

The affected petitions are as follows:

Mayor Bloem's Petition No. 80 with nine signatures, was in Councilman Goodlander's box, and Goodlander's Petition No. 80, with eight signatures, was in Bloem's box.

Petitions No. 183, with six signatures for Bloem, and five for Goodlander, were similarly misplaced.

Both Petitions No. 305, with four signatures for Bloem and eight for Goodlander, were in Bloem's box.


Weathers said the signatures were added and subtracted accordingly from the proper recall target's signature tally.

The corrected totals do not change the final disposition of the petitions.

The end result is that Mayor Bloem's final count is six signatures less than originally reported by the city. The corrected total is 4,120 for Bloem.

Goodlander's final count is six signatures more than originally reported for a corrected total of 4,079.

To trigger a recall election, each incumbent's petition needed 4,311 valid signatures.


The document below is the instructions provided by the county to the signature verification team. Copies were given to the city clerk's office and the Recall CdA organizers.



CDA Recall Petition Procedures

  • Discuss

Welcome to the discussion.


  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:12 pm on Wed, Jun 20, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530


    You are either a complete idiot or just a fool if you truly believe it wont cost you a thing!

  • meesterbox posted at 1:14 pm on Wed, Jun 20, 2012.

    meesterbox Posts: 183

    uncle - the upgrades to McEuen aren't going to cost me a thing and I live in the city limits so maybe the same goes for you.

  • uncle fester posted at 12:52 pm on Wed, Jun 20, 2012.

    uncle fester Posts: 831

    @misterbox, don't want to waste any more taxpayer money? Building the Queens new park, boat ramp and parking garage, is that free?

  • meesterbox posted at 9:47 am on Wed, Jun 20, 2012.

    meesterbox Posts: 183

    I think enough tax payer dollars have been spent on the recall process. To have someone go through and try to read and then type out all the information accurately would take a lot of time. If you are concerned about your own signature, there are only 410 pages of signatures. It should take you that long to find your name.

    It seems as though many of our council members (including Mr. Gookin) are satisfied with the job performed, and I believe so are the Recall leaders according to their posts on OpenCda.

  • rebmem posted at 7:02 am on Wed, Jun 20, 2012.

    rebmem Posts: 101

    if the online voter registration was fixed, it is still not correct. i am there, spouse still is not.

  • cgent47 posted at 6:48 am on Wed, Jun 20, 2012.

    cgent47 Posts: 193

    I've got the the fastest Time warner has to offer.

    Last night it took 2 hours. This am 10 minutes.

  • IdahoJoey posted at 6:16 am on Wed, Jun 20, 2012.

    IdahoJoey Posts: 344

    @cgent47 Took me only 9 minutes to download the files. It might be time to upgrade your internet connection. 2 hours is ridiculous.

  • stebbijo posted at 5:16 am on Wed, Jun 20, 2012.

    stebbijo Posts: 49

    Patrick - the county already did that - it took over a week with hired temps. I am sorry you do not understood the issue but it is complicated for some you to get itl. It's not going to court - so what is your problem with my request?

  • LMYCDA posted at 2:56 am on Wed, Jun 20, 2012.

    LMYCDA Posts: 2288

    I am beginning to think the whole verification process was a sham. Did anyone read the other news "Update: Online voter registration site is fixed" and that the state voter information was not correct. Who knows what these people used to verify signtures and voters. Who can you trust anymore?

  • Patrick Jacobs posted at 10:52 pm on Tue, Jun 19, 2012.

    Patrick Jacobs Posts: 20

    Stebbi, you seem to have plenty of time on your hands, what with you bitching repetitively and endlessly about whatever your trip was with your address issue (I couldn't gather the interest to actually pay attention to the whole thing). Why don't you compile your own list of rejected signatures in a searchable text format?

  • cgent47 posted at 10:49 pm on Tue, Jun 19, 2012.

    cgent47 Posts: 193

    It takes over 2 hours to download these files. Its 2012 there has to be a better way to do this. Why not post the rejected names only.

  • bullman3 posted at 10:43 pm on Tue, Jun 19, 2012.

    bullman3 Posts: 142

    My response is sad day for CDA and Kootenai county. But if the citizens did not come out to sign then this is what they want.

  • Rationale posted at 7:46 pm on Tue, Jun 19, 2012.

    Rationale Posts: 1976


    And make it easier for us stupid people?

  • stebbijo posted at 7:19 pm on Tue, Jun 19, 2012.

    stebbijo Posts: 49

    I understand this is not going to court, but for learning purposes - these petitions for the voter to comb through - to find their own signature is a bit much.

    It would be nice if the county provided the people the list of rejected signatures in a searchable text format - rather than hundreds of megabytes of images in a pdf. file that requires unrealistic man hours to find to see how their own information and how it was documented.

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