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Board of Elections and Ethics
Kathryn Fairley, Registrar of Voters
Memorandum on Save Our City petition to recall Mayor Anthony A. Williams

January 30, 2004




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WASHINGTON, D.C. 20001-2745

January 30, 2004


TO:   Kenneth McGhie 
General Counsel

FROM:   Kathryn Fairley 
Registrar of Voters

SUBJECT: Proposed Recall of Anthony A. Williams 
Mayor of the District of Columbia

A "Notice of Intention" to recall Anthony A. Williams, Mayor of the District of Columbia was fled by Barbara Lett Simmons, Adam Eidinger and W. Cardell Shelton, registered voters in the District of Columbia on Tuesday, January 20, 2004. Mayor Williams filed with the Board a response to the proposers, statement of reasons to recall on Thursday, January 29, 2004, prior to the deadline for submitting a response.

Pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 1-1001.17(g), the proposers of the recall shall have 180 days to collect signatures, beginning on the date when the elected official files his or her response. The deadline for the proposers to file their petition in support of the recall is Tuesday, July 27, 2004.

In addition, the petition submitted in support of the recall of Mayor Anthony A. Williams must contain the signatures of 10 percent of the registered voters in the District of Columbia, provided that the petition reflects the signatures of at least 10 percent of the voters registered in at least five of the eight wards. Based on D.C. Official Code § 1-204.112, this signature requirement must be computed from the latest official count of registered electors by the Board which was issued 30 or more days prior to the submission of the signatures for the particular recall.

While the signature requirement cannot yet be determined, if the most recent registration figures (Close of Registration for the January 13, 2004 Presidential Preference Primary) published by the Board were used, the petition filed in support of the recall of Mayor Anthony A. Williams would be required to include the signatures of 34,209 duly registered voters in the District of Columbia. The table below lists the number of voters registered in each ward as of that date and calculates what the 10 percent requirements would be for each ward using these figures.

Ward Registered Voters as of Close of Registration for the January 13, 2004 Presidential Primary 10 Percent of the Close of Registration Figures
Ward 1 38,734 3,873
Ward 2 37,187 3,719
Ward 3 45,352 4,535
Ward 4 50,447 5,045
Ward 5 46,980 4,698
Ward 6 44,641 4,464
Ward 7 43,604 4,360
Ward 8 35,146 3,515
Citywide Total 342,091 34,209

Both the proposers of the recall measure and the elected official are advised to check with Board on a monthly basis as new statistical reports are published.

cc:   Alice P. Miller Executive Director

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