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Monday, April 22, 2019

Recall Petitions Found to be Valid
Cindy Johnson
22 Sep 2010
Recall petitions turned into Garfield County Clerk Linda Heerman by principal circulator Donald Jones were found to be valid and were certified on September 16 and 17.

Each of the candidates have received a letter of notification stating that "sufficient signatures have been gathered" and that the Governing Board is now charged with setting the date for a recall election.

According to Nebraska State Statute #32-1306 the time frame for the recall election is stated to be between 30 and 45 days after notice is received unless any other election is to be held within 90 days after notification, then the recall election would be held on the same day as the already scheduled election.

However, when Neil Erickson, the Nebraska State Director of Elections, was contacted to verify the timeline for a recall election, his office stated that he claimed to be "too busy" to answer any questions regarding the recall election.

At this time City Clerk Sandy Psota has requested various documents from Heerman which will be sent to counsel before a date is set for the upcoming recall elecation.

It will then be up to each registered voter to decide if the current Mayor Charles Cone, Council Member Terry Cone, and Council Member Carolyn DeBaets should maintain their office.

Each voter will be given a ballot asking "Shall (name of person) be removed from the office of (name of office)?" Immediately following will be Yes or No, which will be indicated by a square or oval that will be filled in by the voter. A vote YES will be to remove the candidate from their office, and a NO vote will indicate not to take them out of office.

If a majority of the votes cast at a recall election are for removal of the official that will become effective immediately.