Steve Sauder is president of Emporia's Radio Stations, Inc. the owners of KVOE-AM 1400, Country 101.7 and Mix 104.9. Steve has been in a leadership position with ERS, Inc., since 1987.
Chapter 25, Article 43 of Kansas state statutes defines two separate categories of elected officials that can be recalled: state officers and local officers. National officeholders and judicial officers are not subject to recall.
State officers are those persons holding the following positions: Governor, State Senator, State Representative, State Board of Education Member, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner.
Failure to perform duties prescribed by law.
To launch a recall effort, supporters must submit the following:
An application indicating the targeted official
Statement of grounds for recall not to exceed 200 words
List of 100 sponsors to circulate petition
Signatures of registered voters equaling 10 percent of votes cast in the last election
The application is then submitted to the secretary of state's office and if accepted the recall effort has ninety days in which to collect signatures from 40% of the number that voted in 2014. If successful a state-wide recall election is scheduled within 60 to 90 days.
0ver 848,000 votes were cast in the 2014 Kansas gubernatorial election, so you’d be looking at 85,000 valid signatures on the “Launch” petition and 340,000 signatures on the “Recall” petition.
Dissatisfaction is running high with our state leadership but those are big numbers in a short amount of time. Existence of the Internet and vehicles like Face Book and Twitter could make a recall much easier, but if successful with say - Governor Brownback what would you get?
Exactly – you get Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, MD who has been nothing less than in lockstep with his boss!
Guess we’d better hope the college presidency rumors are real.
I’m Steve Sauder and there’s something to think about.