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Recall petition against Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross fails

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Christopher DeVargas

Las Vegas Councilman and Mayoral candidate Steve Ross Thurs. March 10th, 2011

Updated Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 | 4:55 p.m.

The effort to try to force a recall election for Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross has failed for lack of sufficient signatures.

“They fell about 25 signatures short,” City Clerk Beverly Bridges said late Thursday afternoon. “So it’s not a sufficient recall petition.”

Bridges said she had just received the information from the Clark County Election Department, which had gone through the 1,156 signatures that a recall group had submitted by Aug. 17.

Bridges said the recall petition ended up with 1,059, short of the 1,084 needed to force another election for Ross, who represents the 6th Ward on the council.

Bridges said she was able to validate 1,079 of the signatures. But election officials had received requests from 20 people to have their names removed from the petition, she said.

She said there will be a certification from the Nevada Secretary of State’s office that it was an insufficient petition, which “basically ends this particular process.”

Bridges said they could appeal the decision.

“Or they can file another intent to circulate a new petition. It’s their option,” she said.

It was unclear late Thursday afternoon what those pushing the recall election plan to do next.

However, one of the volunteers for the recall effort, Veronica Scala, did release a statement.

"I don't specifically believe we lost by 25 signatures, maybe by just one or two," Scala said. "People were coerced to remove their names, and there were about 20 of them. I was out walking door to door, and people couldn't hardly wait for me to hand them the petition to sign."

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