His office tells us that if a recall effort turns in enough valid signatures Friday, Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle will not resign. As part of the process, he would be given that option before a vote of the people would proceed.
Those who want Mayor Suttle out of office -- after 18-months in -- are wrapping up their month-long effort by bringing in the final sheets of signatures Thursday night. Organizers say they have more than enough names to put the future of the mayor before voters next month, even if a judge threw out a certain percentage.
"You have to be prepared for 10-30% and it probably will fall somewhere in the middle there,” says Recall Committee Spokesperson. “We can't tell you that for sure but we're confident at the end of the day we'll have 27,000 valid signatures."
That would put recall organizers in the neighborhood of 33,000 signatures to be turned in tomorrow afternoon.
The Douglas County Election Office is in storage mode now but come Friday -- if the recall effort has the signatures -- the place will be busy.
Workers will have 15-calendar days to check and make sure all the signatures are valid. "We'll probably need all fifteen days - before we can announce if they've received the signatures - but we think we can get it done,” says Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps.
The election workers will have to compare signatures to the computer file along with your address for all the signatures.
We did the math. If 20-people work 12-hour days and take around five minutes for each of the 33-thousand names, they could finish in under 12-days.