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School board recall petition drive ahead

1,609 valid signers per board member are needed

Organizers of an effort to recall three Forest Grove School Board members - Anna Tavera-Weller, Alisa Hampton and Terry Howell - will have a busy summer ahead of them.

A recall election could happen as early as this fall if organizers gather enough valid signatures, but the effort won't be easy.

Once organizers file with Washington County to develop a recall petition, they'll have 90 days to gather around 1,609 valid signatures per board member, according to a rough count by county officials. That number is 15 percent of the 10,726 voters who cast a ballot in the 2010 general election.

But each signature must match that of a registered voter living in the school district's boundaries. While paid signature gatherers can expect a 20 percent error rate, as many as 50 percent of signatures gathered by volunteers can be turned down as faulty.

That means the petition drive may have to gather more than 2,000 signatures to have a chance at a recall.

Jason Giddings of Gales Creek said his group planned to file paperwork with the elections office this week and would begin gathering signatures, likely at Dutch Bros. Coffee and grocery stores in Forest Grove and Cornelius.