By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services/Arizona Capitol Times
A highly publicized effort to recall state schools chief Diane Douglas is folding this morning after gathering fewer than 10 percent of the signatures realistically needed to force an election.
Recall organizer Max Goshert admitted Tuesday that volunteers have been able to gather only about 40,000 names in the three months allowed for such petition drives. He needed 366,128 valid signatures to force a vote. Given the number normally disqualified, the effort really needed about 450,000.