CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) –On Monday, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections received a recall petition from the City of Cleveland Clerk of Council for Mayor Frank Jackson. This petition was comprised of individual signature sheets, referred to as part petitions. CCBOE staff reviewed the sufficiency and validity of these petitions, and of the 12,887 signatures submitted, only 260 were certified as valid signatures to the Clerk of Council on Wednesday.
Upon receiving the petitions, officials say it was evident that a significant number of part petitions contained numerous fatal technical deficiencies. Of the 527 total part petitions submitted, 396 were found to be technically deficient.
“I feel for those that signed this petition in good faith, but the Ohio Revised Code is very clear about what is required for part petitions to be valid,” explained director Pat McDonald. “The part petitions are not overly complex, but they still need to be thoroughly reviewed by the circulating committee before they are filed.”
Many of the deficiencies were related to the Statement of the Circulator clause on the part petitions, which, according to ORC §3501.38(E)(1), must contain the following completed information:
-The number of signatures witnessed by the circulator
-The circulator’s signature
-The circulator’s permanent residence address in this state