Payson mayor files suit to stop recall

Mayor Tom Morrissey has filed a lawsuit to challenge the validity of the signatures gathered and verified against him in order to stop a recall election. / Michele Nelson / Roundup

By Michele Nelson | Payson Roundup

Payson Mayor Tom Morrissey on Sept. 27 filed a lawsuit challenging the signatures on the already certified petitions seeking his recall.

The lawsuit names Stan Garner as chair and Kim Chittick as treasurer of Unite Payson, the Town of Payson, all its councilors (including Morrissey himself), Town Clerk Sylvia Smith, all of the Gila County Supervisors and Gila County Recorder Sadie Jo Bingham, in an effort to block the recall election against him by invalidating signatures.

It’s a time-honored tactic to challenge petition signatures based on the address and registration of the signer — including whether each signer printed his or her address and name. It is against the law for a petition gatherer to write the address and name of the signer.


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