Monday, June 22, 2015
First, an application for a recall petition must be filed with the Secretary of State's Office. It has to meet certain requirements for it to be valid. For instance, legitimate concerns—right now it would be Ducey's budget plans—over actions by that elected official.Starting July 5, there's a 120-day period to present about 376,000 signatures. The individual behind the whole thing says an email will be sent to all who have signed already, so that they can sign the official petition when it comes out.
Once a petition is approved, it has to gather a certain number of signatures. For Arizona, that is 25 percent of the votes cast in the last election. In November, more than 1.5 million people voted, so the petition needs roughly 400,000 signatures. The petition has to be in circulation for 120 days, and is then turned over to election officials for verification. If all signatures are valid, a recall election is given the green light.