Elizabeth Town clerk Michelle Oeser declared the signatures presented to recall Elizabeth Mayor Megan Vasquez and all six board of trustee members to be sufficient, opening the door for a recall election.
“The signatures were verified for sufficiency,” said Oeser. “Anyone who wants to file a protest has until 5 p.m. on Thursday.”
According to Oeser, board members could file a protest, as could members of the community who claim the signatures are not authentic. If a protest is made, the board will schedule hearings with the protester.
If no protest is filed, the town will address a recall election at its Oct. 8 meeting, at which time the board will set a date for a recall election, which must be held not less than 30 days but not more than 90 days of the date the recall was submitted to the board. The exception is if there is a regular election scheduled within 180 days of the date of the petition submission.
Those seeking a seat in the recall election would need to go through the nomination process, including putting petitions out and getting necessary signatures to be placed on the ballot. Current board members may run in the recall election if they choose.
According to Oeser, the cost of an election to Elizabeth taxpayers would run into the thousands of dollars, with the election itself costing $5,500, plus attorney's fees and staff pay needed during the election.