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UPDATE: State approves petition to recall Richwood mayor

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UPDATE 9/12/13:

Richwood, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The petition to recall Richwood Mayor Alvin Jackson has been approved by the state.

The group attempting to take Mayor Jackson out of office collected signatures on a petition over the weekend, but Town Alderwoman Margie Davis says those signing did it for television cameras.

The Secretary of State's Office reported Monday that none of the signatures were valid, and that after they receive the official paperwork, the group would have to start over.

Thursday, the state got the forms needed to approve the petition and has given the group 180 days to collect one-third of voters signatures. According to the Registrar of Voters Office, that's about 380 votes needed to hold a recall petition.


Previous story 9/9/13:

RICHWOOD, La. (KNOE 8 News) - People looking to recall the mayor of Richwood have already collected signatures for their petition, but it turns out none of those signatures are valid.

Richwood Alderwoman Margie Davis has asked Mayor Alvin Jackson to resign for several reasons most of which deal with the financial status of the town.

"I have lost confidence in his ability to manage the town of Richwood," says Davis, "I did write him a letter asking if he would resign because he had not done so, he told me nope, but I could recall him if I wanted to."

Davis and others that want Mayor Jackson out of office have started a petition. Monday afternoon, Davis told KNOE that the petition had been officially filed with the state, and they had a letter of confirmation. The state then said it hasn't gotten a request.

"At this point the Secretary of State's Office has no record of receiving a recall petition from the town of Richwood," Meg Casper, Press Secretary.

Later on Friday evening, in an on-camera interview with KNOE, Davis said that she knows the petition isn't official yet.

"We have areas, and we gave petitions to get people to sign, but they were not supposed to start collecting them until later this week," says Davis.

Saturday, a report not done by KNOE showed the petition being signed at a rally in Richwood. Davis tells us that those signatures were done just for the cameras.

"We did for the lady with the camera," says Davis, "Had two people that signed, just to say that people were signing the petition, but we knew that was a bogus petition, because we knew that she had not sent the paperwork back, and we had not gotten confirmation from the state."

This means no matter how many signatures they may have gotten, the group wanting to recall Mayor Jackson must start over, if/when the petition is certified.

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