REDDING, Calif. – A Shasta County supervisor recall effort derailed but some dissatisfied voters are determined to get things back on track.
The Shasta County Office of Elections said this is because the notice of intent published in the newspaper did not include the proponents' signatures, which did not follow the election code.
According to the California Secretary of State, a copy of the notice of intent needs to be published and include the proponents’ address and signatures when it comes to recalling state and local officials.
Election officials said that if they want to continue with the recall, proponents will need to start the process all over again.
“They would need to re-serve the members of the Board of Supervisors, file that notice with our office, and then of course the supervisors can file an answer,” said Cathy Darling Allen, the Shasta County Clerk and Registrar of Voters. “There's nothing preventing them from starting again.”
Allen tells Action News Bow she's seen a similar situation to this during the Mountain Gate Community Service District recall. Allen said that time it took proponents three tries before an election happened.
Election officials say recall organizers don't have to wait till the next board meeting to serve the Notice of Intent. Proponents can also mail the notices to the supervisors.
The Shasta County Office of Elections says a recall election could cost between $200,000 to $400,000.
But despite the signature snafu, recall backers are not giving up.
“It's just a speed bump,” said Janet Chandler a spokesperson with Recall Shasta. “We are not stopping. We just have to go back and correct some deficiencies that were there.”
Supporters of the recall said the issue is too important to drop.
“It's going to take a little bit more time, but our group is working on it today and we will back in business by the end of today,” said Chandler.
“We are definitely not calling off the recall. We are continuing and we just had to take a little detour.”
Supervisor Leonard Moty is part of Shasta Forward, a group created to prevent the recall efforts. Moty said the recall is hurting the community.
“All this does is serves as a distraction from taking care of the business that's important to all of our citizens,” said Moty.
But despite the setback, Moty said he doesn't expect recall proponents to give up.
“I don’t expect this to stop them from continuing their efforts but certainly they'll maybe realize you have to follow the rules set down by the state,” said Moty.
Supervisors Joe Chimenti and Mary Rickert also serve as officers in the Shasta Forward group.