Ohio Supreme Court rules Finkbeiner recall invalid

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July 30, 2009

TOLEDO, Ohio: The Ohio Supreme Court ruled on July 27, 2009 that the Carty Finkbeiner recall petitions are invalid because the petition forms were missing a sentence.[1]

The recall election would have been held on November 3, 2009.[2]

Finkbeiner's legal team said the petition forms were missing the sentence, "Whoever Commits Election Falsification is Guilty of a Felony of the 5th Degree."[3]

The state's highest court agreed, saying that although the Toledo City Charter does not say that recall petitions must include the sentence that was left out, the state's election laws do require the missing sentence.

About 40,000 signatures were collected on the petition to remove Finkbeiner from office.

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*Washington Referendum 71 (2009)