In an earlier email exchange concerning the statement of reasons for the recall of Funkhouser, I was assured by one of the organizers that “the petition and affidavit document are on the same page of paper in a large portion of the petitions printed later in the recall effort.” He further explained, in a comment to this blog, “Did you examine the document, maybe even flip it over to see the affidavit is printed on the other side of the petition to save paper?“
From the City Code:
Sec. 730. Signatures to petitions.
The signatures to an initiative, referendum, or recall petition need not all be appended to one paper, but to each separate petition paper there shall be attached an affidavit of the circulator thereof as provided by this section. Each such petition paper shall consist of sheets of uniform size, printed and signed on only one side.
If the organizer was accurate in his claim that a large portion of the petition printed later in the recall effort were printed on both sides, then it seems that all those petitions should be rejected for violating the clear provisions of Section 730.
I don’t know – maybe there are sufficient signatures on one-sided petitions to carry the day, and I’m not certain whether the double-sided petitions were rejected in the initial count. Judging from what the recall organizers have publicly stated, though, it appears the recall recount ought to fail.