As the possible recall of Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle picks up steam, Nebraska Watchdog has learned that if Suttle is voted out of office, voters apparently won’t pick his successor before late April or early May. And that’s nearly two months later than the recallers projected.
On Wednesday the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee released its likely timetable (see information below) for a recall campaign. It’s scheduled to officially kick-off tomorrow (Friday) when the recallers walk into the Douglas County Election Commissioner’s office, file a petition affidavit, and wait no more than five days for the Election Commissioner to formally notify the Mayor.
Then it’s a late October petition drive which if successful (nearly 27,000 registered City of Omaha voters) would find a recall election set for mid to late January. Assuming Suttle loses a recall vote, at which time the City Council would name a temporary mayor, the recallers said a special election for a new mayor would be held in early March.
Election Commissioner Dave Phipps confirms that according to state statute, the special election must be held 90-150 days after the results of the recall election are certified.
Phipps expects a mid January, 2011 recall election would be official by the end of January. From that point it’s another three to five months before the special election can be held; that’s sometime between late April and late June, 2011.
By the way, there’s more.
If no candidate in the special election receives more than 50 percent of the vote, there is a run-off election between the top two vote getters. Recall spokesman Jeremy Aspen finds it unlikely a run-off will happen. But Phipps says if it does that run-off is to be held “as soon as possible.” Omaha City Clerk Buster Brown tells Nebraska Watchdog that according to the City Charter the run-off will be held 21-45 days after the special election; that’s late May at the earliest, the latest would be sometime in July, 2011.
The next regular election for the City of Omaha is May, 2013.
Reported by Joe Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mayor Suttle Recall Committee: Projected Timetable for Recall Campaign
Friday, Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m.
• File Petition Affidavit with Douglas County Election Commission
• Begins 25-day process for Mayor Suttle’s written Response (5 days for Election Commissioner and 20 days for Mayor Suttle)
• Check out Petitions and begin 30-day Signature Collection process
• Turn in Recall Petitions
• Recall Signatures verified by Douglas County Election Commissioner
• Omaha City Council sets Recall Election Day (within 30-45-days be Law)
• Recall Election
• Special Election of New Mayor (editor’s note: see story above for updated information)