Alfonso E. Ortiz, Jr. recall, Las Vegas, New Mexico (2013)

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An effort to recall Alfonso E. Ortiz, Jr. from his position as Mayor of Las Vegas, New Mexico failed to make the ballot after more than half the signatures were purged from the petition. Supporters vowed to fight election officials over the invalidation of the petition signatures, but they no further action occurred. Therefore, this recall did not go to a vote.[1][2]


Lee Einer was the leader of a group seeking to recall Ortiz. Supporters contended Ortiz "repeatedly demonstrated a contempt for the rule of law, the process of democracy and the authority of the governing body."[3]

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On June 21, the group submitted 1,490 signatures. They needed 937 signatures to trigger an election, but the Las Vegas City Clerk invalidated 757 for reasons such as the petition signer addresses either not matching voter registration records or being located outside the city limits. After recall supporters' initial challenge, 147 names were restored, but that still left the petition 57 names short. Supporters filed a complaint with the Secretary of State regarding handling of the recall process by local election officials.[1][3]

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