Suttle wants more time
November 29th, 2010
Omaha, NE – Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle has requested more time for election officials to review recall signatures. Suttle will appear before Douglas County District Court Wednesday morning to request a delay in the signature count.
The Douglas County Election Commission has over 37,000 signatures to sort through, and many of those may be invalid. Â The signatures were collected by the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee, which is seeking to throw out the mayor based on disagreements over tax hikes and fiscal policy. Suttleâ€™s office and supporter group, Forward Omaha, says many signatures were taken from people living outside the city and are not valid. An independent review of a sample of signatures by the Omaha World Herald reported about 40% of the sample was invalid.Â Suttleâ€™s spokesperson Aida Amoura said giving election officials more time to validate the signatures will help ensure accuracy.
â€œWe had people, members of the public, calling us the entire time those petitions were being gathered, and telling usâ€¦ hey, this was improper, this was inappropriate, they didnâ€™t do this right,â€ she said. â€œSo we have kind of a right, you know, out of respect to those citizens, weâ€™re simply asking for more time to make sure the signatures are legitimate. Thatâ€™s it.â€
Amoura said the lawsuit will not cost the city anything, as Suttle is paying for it privately. The Douglas County Election Commissioner, meanwhile, said he doesnâ€™t need an extension to finish the count. Saturday is the legal deadline, Dave Phipps said, and thatâ€™s when heâ€™ll be done. If a judge stops him from releasing the numbers, he will comply, he said. But for now, heâ€™ll be ready to announce the results.
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