Luna Recall Effort Falls Short

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The deadline for organizers wanting to unseat Idaho schools chief Tom Luna to file enough signatures to force an Aug. 30 recall election came and went Monday. But the Recall Tom Luna campaign didn't hit their target of 158,000 required signatures, 20 percent of registered voters in last year's election when Luna was re-elected as superintendent of public instruction. In fact, organizers said they had only approximately 50,000 valid voter signatures.

Additionally, opponents of Sen. Mitch Toryanski and Rep. Julie Ellsworth were unable to garner enough signatures to force a recall of the lawmakers, who represent Idaho District 18. Organizers said they collected approximately 1,000 signatures of the required 4,725.