The Mayor Suttle Recall Committee is keeping quiet about the number of signatures its petition circulators have collected so far, but that could change after Election Day.
Jeremy Aspen, spokesman and co-chairman of the group, said at a press conference Friday that he would be “closed-lipped” about the number of people who had signed petitions to remove Mayor Jim Suttle from office. However, he said, the group might release a figure after Tuesday's election.
About 1,400 petition papers were being circulated as of Friday, Aspen said, and about 300 volunteers have gotten involved in the campaign
The Suttle Recall Committee picked up petition papers against Suttle Oct. 21. It has until Nov. 19 to gather nearly 27,000 valid signatures from registered Omaha voters to force a recall election of Suttle.
The group is pinning much of its strategy on Election Day, when volunteer petitioners will try to gather signatures from voters as they enter or leave their polling places.
Aspen said his volunteer petitioners plan to set up lawn chairs and card tables 200 feet from the polling places, as is required by state law. He said petitioners are being instructed to let voters come to them to sign a petition.
“We're not going to be approaching people,” he said.
Forward Omaha, an anti-recall group, has said it plans to send volunteers and paid workers to polling places to monitor the activity of petition gatherers but doesn't plan any intimidation or disruption tactics.
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