YORK – The York County Clerk's office has verified that more than enough signatures were gathered during a petition circulation seeking a recall vote regarding York Mayor Orval Stahr.
York County Clerk Kelly Turner provided the signature information to the York News-Times at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, after a Freedom of Information request was filed by the newspaper. Turner required that the formal request be made before the information was disclosed.
Turner confirmed that lead petitioner, York City Council member Diane Wolfe, and her fellow petitioners submitted 1,326 signatures.
"Of those, 1,214 were accepted" as being legal signatures from registered voters residing in the City of York, Turner said.
Turner said 1,149 signatures were required for the matter to qualify for a special election regarding the potential recall.
Turner said upon her office completing the verification process, York County Sheriff Dale Radcliff personally delivered certified letters to Mayor Stahr and the City of York, which declared that the required number of signatures had been met and exceeded. Those certified letters were delivered mid-day Wednesday.
County Clerk Turner said the York City Council must now, by law, set a date for a special election in the matter if Mayor Stahr does not resign first.
"Once the date is set, the mayor would have to resign his position at least 16 days before the special election is held in order for the special election to be cancelled," Turner said further, in explaining the process.
Because the General Election was just recently held, there is currently a black-out period for special elections. There are also timeframes to consider regarding the next meeting of the city council and the amount of time her office requires to prepare for the election. Turner said it is likely the special election will be held in February.