Recall effort against 4 Maricopa County supervisors falls short

Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo speaks at a March 22, 2021, press conference. Pro-Trump protesters shouted election conspiracy theories and insults at Democrats who were speaking about how a planned Senate audit of the 2020 election was built on and would feed conspiracy theories. Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy/ Arizona Mirror

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

Four Maricopa County supervisors won’t face recall elections after a campaign to oust them failed to collect enough signatures.

A grassroots conservative group called We the People AZ Alliance took out recall petitions on Dec. 30 against four of the five supervisors: Republicans Bill Gates, Clint Hickman and Jack Sellers, and Democrat Steve Gallardo. Thursday was the deadline to submit the signatures needed to trigger recall elections against the supervisors, and the campaign didn’t file any petitions with county elections officials. 

The group is also trying to recall the fifth supervisor, Republican Steve Chucri, though it began that campaign in February, so the deadline isn’t until June 12. Recall campaigns have four months to collect signatures.

We the People AZ Alliance launched its recall campaigns after Gallardo, Gates, Hickman and Sellers voted to go to court and fight subpoenas that the state Senate issued demanding ballots, tabulation machines and other materials from the 2020 general election in Maricopa County for the purposes of conducting an audit of the election. Chucri was the only member of the board who voted against the litigation. The Senate ultimately won the lawsuit and began its audit on April 23.

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