Recall Effort Fails in Coeur d'Alene


A two-month drive to oust the mayor of Coeur d'Alene and three City Council members in the North Idaho city failed Monday, when organizers fell short of the necessary signatures to prompt a special recall election.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that each petition fell approximately 200 certified signatures short of the necessary 4,311 valid signatures required for a recall vote. The signature rejection rate was about 24 percent, according to the city's Board of Elections.

"I now declare this recall process closed," Coeur d'Alene City Clerk Susan Weathers said at a Monday press conference.

"It's difficult it happened," Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem told the Press. "I think anyone can say it's been difficult and tough, no matter what your view is on the recall."

Recall organizers said that the "next time that voters will have a chance to express their views" would be during the city's general election in November 2013.