Recall effort falls 2,031 short
Petitioners have until May 2 to reach goal

Several long and contentious weeks are about to get a little longer in the Gwen Lachelt recall effort. La Plata County Clerk & Recorder Tiffany Parker announced today that petitioners fell 27 percent short of their goal, collecting 5,474 valid signatures. In order to prompt a countywide recall election, 7,505 valid signatures were needed.

The recall effort, spearheaded by members of a group calling itself the LaPlata Liberty Coalition, began in earnest Feb. 13. The group had until March 30 to gather an adequate amount of signatures. Although 6,400 signatures were turned in March 30, more than a thousand were thrown out based on a variety of reasons, including missing information, invalid date, duplicate signatures, signer an ineligible elector, incorrect address, name not found, and missing or incorrect notary information. One signature was withdrawn.

Despite the shortcoming, the petitioners now have until 4 p.m., May 2 (15 calendar days) to reach their 7,505 goal by either correcting existing information or finding additional valid signatures. If petitioners reach the goal, Parker will have 15 business days to verify the signatures. If the amended petition does not contain 7,505 total signatures, Parker will not conduct a verification process.