Local Recall Guide TOC

A GUIDE TO RECALL
FOR
COUNTY, SCHOOL DISTRICT, SPECIAL DISTRICT
AND
LOCAL JUDICIAL OFFICES

Table of Contents

I. INTRODUCTION

1.      Use of This Guide

2.      What is Recall and What Circumstances Justify It?

3.      Who Can Be Recalled?

4.      Circumstances Under Which a Recall is Prohibited

5.     Who Conducts the Recall Election?

  6.    Who Can Initiate a Recall?

  7.    Separate Nature of Each Recall

  8.    Cost of a Recall    

II. STARTING THE RECALL

1.      Preparing the Notice of Intention

2.      Serving the Notice on the Incumbent

3.       Filing the Notice and Proof of Service

4.      Publishing the Notice

5.       Incumbentís Answer

6.      Campaign Finance Reporting

III. BUILDING THE PETITION

1.      Overview

2.      Format of the Recall Petition

3.      Filing of Blank Copies of Petition and Proof of Publication

4.       Review and Approval of Petition Format

 

IV. SIGNATURE REQUIREMENTS AND CIRCULATION DEADLINES

1.      When Circulation of the Recall Petition May Begin

2.       Number of Days to Circulate Petition

3.       Number of Signatures Needed

4.      Withdrawal of Signatures from Petitions

 

V. COLLECTING SIGNATURES

        1.     Who Can Circulate a Recall Petition?

2.      Who Can Sign?

3.      Registering or Re-Registering Potential Signers

4.      Circulator Must Complete and Sign Declaration of Circulator

5.      Including a "Cushion" to Allow for Invalid Signatures

6.      Causes of Invalid Signatures

7.      Legibility of Signatures

8.      Circulation of Recall Petitions on Private Property

9.      Penal Provisions

 

VI. FILING THE RECALL PETITION  

        1.    Filing the Recall Petition

 

VII. VERIFICATION OF PETITION SIGNATURES

1.      Verification of Petition Signatures

 

VIII. CERTIFYING RESULTS OF SIGNATURE VERIFICATION

1.      Insufficient Number of Valid Signatures

2.      Sufficient Number of Valid Signatures

3.      Restrictions on Access to Recall Petitions

 

IX. RESIGNATION OF OFFICEHOLDER

1.      Resignation of Officeholder

 

X. THE RECALL ELECTION

1.      Calling the Election

2.      Filing Requirements for Candidates

3.      Design of the Ballot

4.      Sample Ballot Pamphlet

5.      The Voterís Responsibility While Voting in a Recall

6.      Majority Vote Required to Recall the Incumbent

7.      Plurality Vote to Elect a Successor

8.      Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements and Limitations

 

XI. THE AFTERMATH

1.      Repeating a Recall if the Incumbent is Not Recalled

2.      Right of the Recalled Incumbent to Run in Future Elections

 

XII. APPENDICIES

A.     Flow Chart: Qualifying a Recall for the Ballot

B.    Rules for Counting the Number of Words

C.    Sample Notice of Intention Form

D.    Sample Affidavit of Proof of Personal Service

E.     Sample Affidavit of Proof of Service by Certified Mail

F.     Sample Recall Petition Form

G.    Nevada County Counsel Opinion