Posted by: mattvote | December 15, 2011

Election Digest 2011 – December 20, 2011 – Recall-apalooza USA Continues! not every election today is but look at how many are

Not every election on this Tuesday is a recall but check out how many are! elections in parts of OR KY NE NH IA MO

Recall-apalooza USA Continues!

Another week but not just another week of elections.  Multiple recall elections are piling up so high in our office that we jumped into the All Politics Is Local office escape pod but the recall elections bloacked the doors from closing and we had to dig our way out.  Not really, but it is pretty wild the number of recalls that are going on.  It is only fair to mention that not all the elections are recalls.

OREGON

Coburg

Frankly I would like to have a bit more detail in the complaint and the justification.  But the voters there did sign the petition and now the voters will decide.

Get ready to rumble 7 am – 8 pm on Tuesday, December 20, 2011.  City of Coburg, Lane County, Oregon.  Recall of Mayor Judith A Volta

The petition against Mayor Volta states that she 1) violated the civil rights of Cogburg citizens by not allowing a petition (2011-IP-02) to go to the polls for a vote. 2) has a conflict of interest by being on the Board of Lane Council Of Government and awarding contracts to LCOG for City Services. 3) inaction on allegations of potentially criminal wrongdoing by City Staff. 4) a Councilmember whose term limit was reached was reinstated to the Council even though others had applied.

The justification by the Mayor says her service to the City started in 2000 on the Council and that she has been a strong proponent of the schools since 1998.  It has been a privilege and she has worked hard to bring stability to the community.  She loves the town and knows the businesses and people.  She says the charges are “baseless, intent on intimidation and misinformation.”  She has made hard decisions and the town has become great over the past ten years.  She would like to continue her work.

ELECTION RESULTS registered voters 691; ballots cast 310; turnout 44.86% !!

Yes 119 (38.39%)

No 190 (61.29%) (w)

Yeah, this is a picture of her with a snake.

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Massive RecallS in Oregon.

Coos County Oregon – registered voters 92; ballots cast 61; turnout 66.30%!!!

Recall Tom Dyche

Yes 20 (32.79%)

No 41 (67.21%) (w)

Recall James Crooker

Yes 20 (32.79%)

No 41 (67.21%) (w)

Recall Edward Powers

Yes 20 (32.79%)

No 41 (67.21%) (w)

The following is from the Coos County website:

REASON FOR DEMANDING RECALL OF TOM DYCHE, CAMMANN ROAD DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, AS PROVIDED ON RECALL PETITION:

Tom Dyche has endorsed the formation of the current Cammann Road District, which under its current structure unfairly creates revenue from property values in the district. This structure charges many residents who use a small portion of the public road more than some who use nearly the entire road. Some residents of the district have also been excluded from payment to the district because they are located in the city limits or the Coquille Tribal lands, although they have access through the district. Endorsement of these unfair practices and others have resulted in a petition to recall.

JUSTIFICATION STATEMENT AS PROVIDED BY TOM DYCHE:

When the road district was formed there were three tax base options. We followed the guidelines and settled for 2.199 per thousand dollars taxable value. This was the cheapest option we had. We now have power to apply for government grants and get cooperation from government agencys.

We are powerless without a road district. We finally are getting tax money to make badly needed improvements. Sadly this recall has to be paid for by the road district. This money for needed repairs will be taken from you. The folks at the beginning of the road have the worst section and will get major work done from money collected from everyone else on Cammann road Anchorage and Wingert streets, Plummers court and Hargens lane. We are in this together. This recall will hurt the road district. It is meant to. I promise to continue to volunteer my time and labor to you. Please vote against the recall.

Kind regards,

Tom Dyche

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REASON FOR DEMANDING RECALL OF JAMES CROOKER, CAMMANN ROAD DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, AS PROVIDED ON RECALL PETITION:

James Crooker has endorsed the formation of the current Cammann Road District, which under its current structure unfairly creates revenue from property values in the district. This structure charges many residents who use a small portion of the public road more than some who use nearly the entire road. Some residents of the district have also been excluded from payment to the district because they are located in the city limits or the Coquille Tribal lands, although they have access through the district. Endorsement of these unfair practices and others have resulted in a petition to recall.

JUSTIFICATION STATEMENT AS PROVIDED BY JAMES CROOKER:

I have followed the election laws of Oregon in the formation of the Cammann Road District in Coos County Oregon. I have done nothing wrong and will not resign my elected office of Commissioner of the Cammann Road Dist.

James Crooker

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REASON FOR DEMANDING RECALL OF ED POWERS, CAMMANN ROAD DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, AS PROVIDED ON RECALL PETITION:

Ed Powers has endorsed the formation of the current Cammann Road District, which under its current structure unfairly creates revenue from property values in the district. This structure charges many residents who use a small portion of the public road more than some who use nearly the entire road. Some residents of the district have also been excluded from payment to the district because they are located in the city limits or the Coquille Tribal lands, although they have access through the district. Endorsement of these unfair practices and others have resulted in a petition to recall.

JUSTIFICATION STATEMENT AS PROVIDED BY ED POWERS:

When I ran for office, I was not a part of the original proposal to form the District. I read the material that was presented, and when asked, I firmly stated that “It was about time something permanent was done.”

I ran for election based on my belief that forming a Road District would accomplish this goal.

I was elected by a majority, and have been a Board Member and Secretary-Treasurer for the District.

I am convinced that we are operating under the best method offered by Oregon Law to finance the operations and maintenance of the road within our Cammann Road District. No viable alternatives have been presented during our tenure for financing within the law.

Despite numerous meetings attended by residents against the present tax-based system, objections were raised, but no viable suggestions were offered that would replace what is in place at this time. Furthermore, nothing reasoned and researched, based on the original formation proposal, has been presented in writing for all to read.

I don’t believe a recall would serve the residents of our Road District and ask that you vote for me and the existing board members.

Edward Powers

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KY Whitley VTD Map KYLaurel House VTD Map

KENTUCKY

State House seat 82 covers Whitley and part of Laurel County.

First term Republican representative DeWayne Bunch resigned his seat due to head injuries he received while attempting to break up a fight.  The way the election works in this case is that the winner immediately will be sworn in and seated so that the district has representation on the first day of the next legislation session which, in Kentucky, begins on January 3.

Bunch’s wife has gained the Republican Party endorsement.  The Kentucky Democratic Party has said that due to the reason for the election they will not put up a candidate against her.

ELECTION RESULTS registered voters 30, 426; ballots cast 688; turnout 2.25%

Regina Bunch 688

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Another recall

NEBRASKA

York County

County Attorney William Sutter faces 18 charges of everything from inappropriate comments to staff, to giving his workload to others in order to play online games.  His attorney says other are not lawyers and are therefore unable to judge him. He was appointed to the position when the former county attorney resigned and won election unopposed.

Yes  1,592 (w) won in every precinct by at least 5 times the no votes

No  263

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IOWA

Auburn, Sac County, Iowa

At the Library from  noon to 8pm to fill a vacancy on the City Council.

Verdi Maunu 52

Randy Schultev 53 (w)

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 MISSOURI

City of St. Louis, Missouri

Ward 5 Alderman

This is quite a race.  The fighting 5th is one of the few out of the 28 districts here that has seen an increase in population.   The current seat holder has resigned to take a new position as head of the Civic Rights Enforcement Agency.  Hubbard is from a family that holds various state and local elected positions.  Finley spent a dozen years as office manager to the current seat holders district 5 headquarters!  This should be an exciting election!

ELECTION RESULTS registered voters 5987; ballots cast 620; turnout 10.4%

Tammika Hubbard – Dem 409 (65.97%) (w)

Tonya Finley – Indy              84 (13.55%)

Rose M. Green – Indy        125 (20.16%)

write ins                                    2 (.32%)

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NEW HAMPSHIRE

Newmarket

Two ballot questions

Q1) SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT TO THE NEWMARKET TOWN CHARTER

This amendment changes the date for elections and voting by official ballot from the second Tuesday in May to the second Tuesday in March, in order to consolidate the schedule for the annual meeting of the Town and the Newmarket School District. This amendment changes related dates for that purpose as required by law. For example, the first session of the Town’s Annual Meeting will be held on a date between the first and second Saturdays following the last Monday in January, inclusive of those Saturdays, at a time prescribed by the Town Council. No substantive changes to the Town Charter will occur as a result of this amendment. This amendment will become effective upon its passage for the purposes of the Town’s Annual Meeting in 2012.

For

Against

Q2) SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT TO THE NEWMARKET TOWN CHARTER

This amendment clarifies the voting requirements for the issue of notes or bonds to be a majority vote of 3/5 (60%) as provided by RSA 33:8. In 2004, the Legislature amended the law to provide that if the Town Charter did not specify, the required vote for issue of notes or bonds would be 2/3 (66%) rather than 3/5 (60%) that applies in Towns like Newmarket that use official ballot (“SB2”) voting.

For

Against

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Hillsborough District 10

Special Election to be held for State Representative in Hillsborough County District No. 10. (Manchester Ward 3) Primary December 20, 2011 – General February 21, 2012

Republicans have only one candidate and no primary

Democratic Candidates

Peter M. Sullivan, Manchester (PO Box 1412, Manchester) – He served three terms in New Hampshire House of Representatives prior to defeating a seated member of the Board of Aldermen of Manchester.

Mary Georges, Manchester (18 Blodget Street) – I believe that this is the Pastor Mary Georges.

Manchester is known for low turnout and this primary less than week before a holiday means that anything could happen!

ELECTION RESULTS

Newmarket

School: Change date of voting:  PASS 639-125

Q1) Town: Change date of voting:  PASS 647-123

Q2) Town: Change threshold for bond votes: FAIL 311-452

Sullivan 44 (w)

Georges 39

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Responses

  1. Hi. I’m Tom Dyche of the cammann road district recall. Thanks for putting us on your site. We have worked hard and sacrificed plenty to keep up the gravel streets here when our county refused us maintenance. We are unpaid volunteers I wish all the best to any one else in our situation. THANK YOU tOM dYCHE


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