Effort to oust Riverbank councilman falls short

The group trying to oust Riverbank City Councilman Jesse James White failed to turn in enough signatures for a recall election.

Riverbank Citizens for Fair Change needed to turn in 2,185 signatures of city voters but City Clerk Linda Abid-Cummings said today that the group was about 100 signatures short.

The group turned the petitions in late Tuesday afternoon to City Hall. That was the deadline for submitting the petitions.

City officials counted the petitions three times Tuesday evening, Abid-Cummings said.

She said in order for a signature to be counted the signer had to include his or her printed name and complete mailing address. If any of that was missing, the signature was not counted.

Abid-Cummings said the group can ask for a recount and she would provide one.

Riverbank Citizens for Fair Change launched its recall bid after White's May arrest on drug possession charges.

If Riverbank Citizens for Fair Change had met the threshold of 2,185 signatures, which is 25 percent of the city's voters, then the county clerk-recorder's office would have verified that the signatures were those of registered city voters before the city could call for a recall election.

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