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November 23, 2014

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Boulder City recall petitions fall short

Boulder City Council Members Travis Chandler and Linda Strickland are safe from a recall election -- at least for now.

Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said today that recall petitions against each of the first-term council members have failed after an initial review of 500 signatures from each.

Only 270 of the signatures reviewed on the Strickland petitions and 276 on the Chandler petitions were valid.

However, there are enough valid signatures on the Strickland recall petitions that the secretary of state will direct the county to review all of the signatures on that petition, Lomax said.

Both petitions also could be appealed to the secretary of state by recall proponents.

Three residents launched the campaign to recall the newest council members more than three months ago.

Last week they filed petitions to recall Chandler and Strickland with 1,980 and 1,974 signatures, respectively.

Petitioners had to collect 1,085 signatures to place Strickland's recall on the ballot and 1,268 for Chandler's. The numbers differ because Strickland was elected in last year's primary election, but Chandler was elected in the fall's general election, which had a higher turnout.

A recent Nevada secretary of state's opinion added to the recall leaders' burden by saying only those who voted in the 2007 elections could sign recall petitions. That resulted in more than 30 percent of each petition's signatures being tossed during the county review.

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