Removing an Official from Office Through Direct Vote
A prospective recall petition may be filed for a public office holder,
other than a state senator or representative, only after
the public officer has served at least 6 months of their current term of office.
For a state senator or representative,
a prospective recall petition may be
filed any time, after the 5th
day from the beginning of the 1st
legislative session, after the election of the legislator.
The filing officer for all public officials elected to a
state office is the state elections office.
For all other public officers the recall process starts with
their appropriate elections filing officer.
A chief petitioner begins the recall process by filing the following form:
- Recall cover sheet
Recalls: Signature Gathering
The chief petitioner may begin gathering signatures after receiving
written approval to circulate, and after
reviewing with circulators the legal requirements and guidelines for circulating a recall petition.
After gathering the required number of signatures,
the chief petitioner submits
them to the appropriate filing
officer for verification, no later than 90
days after the prospective petition was filed.
Recalls: Signature Verification
The elections filing officer
must complete the signature verification process
no later than the 10th day after signatures are submitted for verification, or no later than the 100th day after the prospective petition was filed,
whichever is earlier.
If signature verification shows
the petition contains the required
number of signatures, then
the public officer must either resign, or submit a statement
of justification to be printed on the ballot.
If the public officer doesn't resign, a recall election
is held within 35 days of the expiration of the resignation period.
The number of signatures required to qualify a recall for the ballot is 15%
of the total votes cast for governor, at the last election in the public officer’s district.