LEGAL SUFFICIENCY OF PARTISAN RECALL EFFORT IN SENATE DISTRICT 5 CHALLENGED IN DISTRICT COURT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2017

LEGAL SUFFICIENCY OF PARTISAN RECALL EFFORT IN SENATE DISTRICT 5 CHALLENGED IN DISTRICT COURT

Las Vegas, NV – The Nevada Senate Democratic Caucus today issued the following statement from attorney Marc Elias of Perkins Coie on the legal sufficiency of the recall petition against Nevada State Senator Joyce Woodhouse (District 5):

“Our review of the petitions and signature removal forms has found that Republicans are in fact well below the threshold of eligible signatures needed to push this process forward, and it appears to be an insurmountable deficit. We will respect the legal process and are eager to present our challenge in district court. We look forward to explaining in detail why so many petition signers were blatantly ineligible and why so many voters in Senate District 5 wanted their name removed from this partisan effort to manipulate and abuse Nevada’s recall laws.”

Examination of the recall petition signatures and a review of signature removal forms found at least 5,576 unique invalid signatures. Republicans needed a minimum of 14,412 eligible signatures to force the recall forward, but only approximately 12,000 of the submitted petition signatures appear to be eligible.

If the court determines that the recall petition is not sufficient, it will order Clark County to cease further action regarding the petition. Extensive documentation and affidavits have been submitted in support of this challenge.

More than 3,000 recall petition signers were found to be constitutionally or statutorily ineligible due to petition signing requirements. Many are not currently registered to vote in Senate District 5, did not actually vote in the 2016 election, or are not even registered to vote at all. More than 2,000 Nevadans have also exercised their right to ask the Secretary of State to strike their name from the recall petition for a wide range of reasons. Some say they were misled by recall proponents, some believe it’s a waste of taxpayer money, and others say they do not remember signing the petition and believe their signature was forged.

 

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