On Tuesday, July 16th, Gordon Harris filed a second affidavit to start the recall process against District 2 Councilman Floyd Price.
"Pretty much everyone that I talked to signed, so the community doesn't want him, period," Harris said Monday.
Harris originally filed a petition in June, having to get 509 signatures by July 15th. When Harris turned in the signatures on July 15th, he was told the petition was invalid because he did not submit a signed affidavit with the forms.
City of Lubbock Press Release Regarding Tuesday's Invalid Announcement:
After completing the verification process, the Office of the City Secretary has certified that a recall petition filed against District 2 City Councilman Floyd Price is invalid.
On July 16, 2013, a recall petition was filed with the City Secretary’s Office by Mr. Gordon Harris. This triggered the recall process. A petition containing 648 signatures was submitted to the Office of the City Secretary on August 15, 2013. The verification process was conducted in accordance with the City of Lubbock Charter, Chapter 1, Article 4, Section 2 – “Officer Subject to recall,” and the State of Texas Election Code Chapter 277.
509 valid signatures were required for the petition to be declared valid. The petition was declared invalid for the following reasons: the required 10% was not met and the required 509 valid signatures were not met. In addition, the required affidavits did not meet the Charter requirements.
The 10% requirement comes from the City Charter, and states that 10% of those signing the petition must certify that they voted for the officer at the election in which the officer was elected. 65 valid signatures were needed to meet the 10% requirement. 158 people certified they voted for Councilman Price when he was elected. Of the 158, only 11 voted in the election in which he was elected. Among other problems with meeting the 10% requirement, the City Secretary’s Office found that:
· 34 – Were not registered to vote
· 18 – Live outside of District 2
· 18 – Are currently registered to vote, but were not registered at the time of the election in which Councilman Price was elected
· 2 – Live outside Lubbock city limits
· 3 – Were not old enough to vote at the time of the election in which Councilman Price was elected
Additionally, the City Secretary’s Office checked the entire petition to see if it would have met the required 509 valid signatures in spite of the lack of the required 10%. That check showed that the petition contained fewer than 400 valid signatures. Because the petition did not meet the mandated requirements, the petition was declared invalid.