The change.org signature gathering effort to eventually file a recall petition against Gov. Doug Ducey is still making its rounds.
This symbolic petition, along with two Facebook pages (dun, dun, dun) emerged in March, around the same time Ducey signed a shitty state budget into law that, among other terrible decisions, cut roughly $99 million from universities, and deprived Pima and Maricopa community colleges from any funding, while pouring in close to $40 million for new prisons, and giving corporations and the state's wealthiest residents tax breaks.
The petition has more than 15,000 signatures, none of which count—at the moment
This is how a recall works in the state, as I wrote about for fun in March:
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.
"WE NEED TO FUEL THIS FIRE!" the petition says. "We cannot forget that Ducey has left our children in the dust. Our voices need to be heard!"
Will it happen? Doubtful, but it's the thought that counts.