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Recall petitions in Newton Falls ruled invalid

Published: Tue, August 10, 2010 @ 12:00 p.m.

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Saker, an assistant Trumbull County prosecutor who advises the elections board, said the petitions turned in contain outdated language that warn petition signers that election fraud is a misdemeanor.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


11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

So what are they saying? That everyone who signed those petitions did so fraudulently but they were not worried about getting in trouble because they were only warned that penalty was misdemeanor, not felony. And everyone knows that people don't mind committing election fraud if penalty is only misdemeanor. Nonsense.

That is so ridiculous. BOE should have certified the sigs.

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2redvert(2239 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

I agree with your sentiments mach1 but in this day and age using technicalities to a persons advantage seems to be the norm.

If the election board had approved the petitions the mayor could of waited until it was close to election time and filed a complaint that the petitions were not valid because the wording was not up to date. Laws have been voided because of a misspelled word. Stupid, yes but that is reality.

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