The rules below apply as to any recall for an elected official in Portland.
And it only takes 32,183 valid signatures from Portland registered voters to set up a recall election.
Sam Adams should welcome a recall election, one in which we all now know a lot more about the Mayor's judgement. If he wins again, fine.
Let the people have their say!
A City elected official is not subject to recall during the first six months of the current term. This means that Mayor Adams is not subject to recall until 7/1/2009.
A prospective petition to recall Mayor Adams may be submitted to the City Elections Officer by a Portland registered voter beginning 7/1/2009. The filing form includes the "reasons for demanding recall" in 200 words or less.
After the City Elections Officer approves signature sheets, the chief petitioner has 90 calendar days from the prospective petition filing date to collect at least 32,183 valid signatures from Portland registered voters.* Please note that the chief petitioner must also establish a Statement of Organization for Chief Petitioner Committee before signature sheets will be approved for circulation.
* 32,183 is 15% of the total votes cast for governor in the City of Portland in the last gubernatorial election, November 2006.
After the signatures are submitted, the City Elections Officer has 10 days to certify the results. If, after verification, at least 32,183 signatures are determined to be valid, there is a five-day resignation period. During this period, the elected official that is the subject of the recall petition may either: (a) resign; or (b) submit a "statement of justification of the public officer's course in office" in 200 words or less.
If the official does not resign, a recall election is held no later than 35 days after the end of the five-day resignation period.
The recall ballot contains:
1. The statement of reasons for demanding recall, as submitted by the petitioner in the prospective petition;
2. The statement of justification as submitted by the elected official; and
3. A Question: "Shall ______ be recalled from the office of _______."
- "Yes, I vote for the recall of _______." OR
- "No, I vote against the recall of _______."
If the recall election is successful, a vacancy in office occurs immediately after the City Elections Officer receives the official abstract of votes from Multnomah County Elections. The County has 20 days by statute to deliver the abstract, and they usually require the entire 20 days.
Recall procedures for City of Portland elected officials are determined by state statute and rules. The guiding manual is the 2008 Recall Manual published by the Oregon Secretary of State, available on the City Elections website: http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?&c=27131.
The above information was provided from a Management Analyst in the Office of the City Auditor, City of Portland.