Bob Newell recall, Parkersburg, West Virginia (2011)
The reason behind the recall effort was Newell's vote to impose a $2.50-a-week user fee or per-head tax, on Parkersburg residents. Everyone who lives in Parkersburg must pay the fee. The user fee/tax was imposed by the city council in January 2011 on a 5-4 vote.
Path to the ballot
Signatures that equal 20% of the approximately 19,000 registered voters in Parkersburg, or about 3,790 signatures, would have needed to be submitted in order to force a special recall election.
There was a legal dispute about how many days are allowed to collect the signatures.
The recall attempt ultimately failed to force a recall election.
- News and Sentinel, "Tea Party moving ahead on recall," January 20, 2011
- News and Sentinel, "Backus: Background checks were politically motivated," March 22, 2012
- News and Sentinel, "Tea party recall effort continues," February 1, 2011
- West Virginia Gazette, "Fee foes seek to recall Parkersburg officials," February 1, 2011
- Citizens in Charge, "Confusion Over Parkersburg Recall Petition Deadline," February 24, 2011