Clayton recall petition drive nears signature goal - KOTA Territory News

Clayton recall petition drive nears signature goal

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The petition drive to force a recall election of Rapid City councilman Bill Clayton is coming down to the wire - and some signatures might not count.

About 5,200 signatures have been collected so far, with 6,200 needed.

However, according to state law, some of the signatures gathered outside the 60-day period might not count.

While there is no deadline set, petition driver organizer (and former council member) Gary Brown says they will lose a few signatures that were gathered early on. "Now, we're a little short. We thought originally we had to turn them in by the 15th or 16th but the auditor and city attorney's office said 'no, you can turn them in later.' You just lose that you have at the very first."

The recall petition drive began after Clayton made perceived racist remarks to a KOTA Territory News reporter.

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