Suttle Wants More Time For Recall Signatures To Be Checked

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle is fighting back against the recall effort, filing paperwork in district court on Wednesday asking for more time to validate signatures collected by the Recall Mayor Suttle Committee.

Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps is currently in the middle of a 15-day window to count signatures and make sure all are registered voters who reside in Omaha. The deadline is December 4. Phipps has said his staff will be done by then.

Forward Omaha, the anti-recall group, has received copies of the 3,000 petitions and is going through each one.

In court documents, Attorney Vince Powers says his client, Mayor Suttle, cannot protect his rights as an elected official given he has only 15-days to raise questions regarding the signatures. The mayor is asking for 75 days to conduct further investigation.

The lawsuit alleges the petitioners broke the law in various ways when collecting signatures and those signatures should not be counted.

Court documents give examples where the circulator allegedly said "federal money" would pay for the special election or told someone that a "15% tax on restaurants and all food" was the reason for the recall.

The law requires petitioners to read the statements for and against a recall to an individual before they can sign.

U.S. District Judge Peter Batallion has been assigned the case. He is expected to take up the issue early next week.

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