Friday, May 23, 2008

Recall signatures on Dillon fall short

While I'm not very happy with Speaker Dillon at the moment for other reasons (gives Andy the evil eye, we will talk about that next week), I am happy to see that the Pigman Drolet was told to go wee wee wee all the way home, at least for today.

Although the determination is not final until June 5th, Leon was just a tad short on valid signatures in what we can now tag his "ill-fated" recall attempt. And given that he turned in well over 15,000 and around half of them were invalid, we can determine that he was pretty sloppy about the ordeal as well.

(Get it? Pig? Sloppy? Ha ha.)

Results of the preliminary findings are as follows:

Total number of valid signatures required – 8,724

Total number of signatures filed – 15,739

Result of face review – 14,659 face valid signatures; 1,080 invalid signatures.

Result of registration verifications – 4,417 signatures discounted under signer registration verifications; 2,018 signatures discounted under circulator registration verifications.

Summary of initial petition review – 8,224 signatures accepted; 7,515 invalid signatures.

Terri Lynn was very thorough, I'm sure, but my guess is that Drolet will challenge the results anyway. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Ooooo, Leon was naughty too. From my good friends at the MDP-

Thousands of signatures were excluded because the supposed signers were not registered voters. In fact, it turned out that eight of the alleged signers were actually dead, and it appears that these are only a few of the thousands of signatures which were clearly forged. Challenges regarding these forgeries are being filed today.

BLTs for everyone!