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Judith Volta recall, Coburg, Oregon (2011)

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A vote about whether to recall Judith Volta from her elected position as mayor of Coburg, Oregon, in Lane County took place on December 20th, 2011.[1] Volta was retained in her seat.[2] The recall effort was launched in August 2011.[3] Despite surviving the recall effort against her, in March 2012 Volta announced that she would resign effective April 10th, 2012.[4]


Bill Ledford was a leader in the recall effort. He objects to the city building a new wastewater treatment plant, saying, "The problem with it is the city can't afford it at this point." The proposed treatment plan will cost residents about $85/month.[5]

Volta said: "I am surprised by the petition, but other than saying that I have been proud and happy to serve all the citizens of Coburg as Mayor for over nine years, I cannot comment on the fact that a recall petition has been filed."[3] Volta has defended her stance on the wastewater treatment plant, noting that city voters approved construction of the sewer system in March 2010 and affirmed that decision in a May 2010 referendum vote .[6]

Path to the ballot

Signatures of approximately 101 registered Coburg voters were required to force a special recall election.

The recall election took place by mail-in ballot on December 20th, 2011. Volta kept her seat, with 61% of voters casting ballots to retain her as mayor.[2]

Election results

  • Votes to recall Judith Volta: 119 Defeatedd
  • Votes to retain Judith Volta: 190

See also