Lake Forest Recall Petition Fails To Qualify For Ballot
Posted by Greg Woodard on June 2, 2016
There will be no recall election in Lake Forest for Council members Scott Voigts, Dwight Robinson, and Andrew Hamilton. The Orange County Registrar of Voters today rejected the recall petitions for failure to meet the required number of valid signatures. The Registrar found that the number of required signatures to qualify for the ballot for each candidate fell over 1,000 signatures shy.
It was earlier reported here that the recall group’s second effort also failed. Although the group served Voigts, Robinson, and Hamilton with recall papers after a City Council meeting, the group did not submit the proper paperwork to the Lake Forest City Clerk.
The recall group attempted a third time to recall just Voigts and Hamilton, but the group failed to properly submit recall papers to both the Council members, and the City Clerk.
The recall group’s efforts cost Lake Forest at least $85,000 to verify the signatures, but the additional $100,000 – $125,000 cost of a recall election was avoided by the failed recall petitions.