June 15th, 2009 5:33 pm | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, City Hall, CLEAN UP

Why The Recall Sam Adams Committee Will Wait For a Bit To Start Collecting Signatures


As first noted on bojack this morning, organizers of the effort to recall Mayor Sam Adams have announced a slight delay in their gathering of signatures to get that recall question on a city ballot.

Recall spokesman Jasun Wurster tells WW that the filing of the campaign documents to get 32,000-plus valid signatures will begin July 7 instead of July 1, the first day they could legally begin their effort.

Wurster says the Committee to Recall Sam Adams decided on the July 7 date because the 90-day clock to gather the signatures begins the day they file notice of their effort, and they feared losing a week because of calendar quirks with city and state elections officials.

That's because Friday, July 3 is a city holiday. And Monday, July 6 is a furlough day in the Secretary of State's office. So recallers' worry was that if they filed notice of their campaign July 1 and they didn't hear back from elections officials by the end of business July 2, they would in effect not be able to gather signatures legally until July 7 even though the 90-day clock would have begun July 1.

Meantime, Wurster says he's confident the $1,600 raised so far will be enough to run a volunteer campaign that goes door-to-door and hits other neighborhood events such as the car-free Sunday Parkways and farmers' markets. The group has a meet-and-greet scheduled this Wednesday for interested volunteers from 3 pm to 7 pm at Coffee Lovers (4144 SE 60th Ave.)
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