Recall petitions in Newton Falls ruled invalid

Phillip Beer, the man who organized a petition drive in an attempt to recall Newton Falls Mayor Pat Layshock, said he will visit the same people and get new signatures now that the Trumbull County Board of Elections ruled Tuesday that the first set of petitions are invalid.

Beer said he has a list of those who signed the first time, so it will be relatively easy to get a new set filled out.

Beer said the recall was going to require a special election anyway, so there was no specific deadline for the petitions.

James Saker, an assistant Trumbull County prosecutor who advises the elections board, said the petitions turned in contain outdated language that warn petition signers that election fraud is a misdemeanor.

The law was changed about 10 years ago, making election fraud a felony, and the petitions need to say that, Saker said.

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