Juan Carlos Escamilla recall, San Luis, Arizona (2011)
Reasons for recall
A group called “For a San Luis with a Future" was responsible for launching two recall efforts against Escamilla in 2011. The recall efforts began after utility rates were increased and city employees were laid off. The first recall effort also targeted several city council members, but recall proponents decided to focus their second effort exclusively on recalling the mayor.
Path to the ballot
The first batch of signatures that was turned in was deemed invalid as it did not follow state guidelines. Escamilla stated that he had spoken to residents who had said that they were not told what the petition was for, and were led to believe that signing it would block utility rate hikes. Alejandrina Cabrera, the head of the recall effort, said that the group had not deceived anyone and that everyone who was asked to sign was told what the petition was for.
Recall proponents needed to collect a minimum of 670 petition signatures from registered voters in order to force a recall election. Supporters collected 886 petition signatures, all but 60 of which were deemed valid in a preliminary review by the city clerk's office. The city clerk's office had about two months to conduct a secondary review of the signatures.
The secondary review found that the recall effort fell 66 signatures short.
If enough signatures would have been validated, the recall question would have appeared on the ballot of the city's regularly scheduled primary election in March 2012.
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