by Kelsey Christensen for KVAL | Monday, July 13th 2020
PLEASANT HILL, Ore. – Republicans in Lane County are circulating a petition seeking to recall Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.
John Large, the county GOP chair, said petitioners have about 1/3 of the signatures they need to put the question on the November ballot.
A similar effort last year came up about 24,000 signatures short.
For this effort, it’s all hands on deck.
“We didn’t have the volunteers in place last year,” Large said. “This year we have the volunteers in place before the petition came out, so we’ll see what happens, we’ll see what happens.”
According to the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office, petitioners need 280,050 signatures to put the question on the ballot.
They have 90 days to collect those signatures.
Time runs out at the end of August.
One possible barrier to reaching their goal: The coronavirus pandemic.
“A big place we could get the signatures was at the Lane County fairs, state fairs, and those have all been shut down,” Large said, “so it’s a little harder getting it this time because we’re not allowed to assemble.”
On the flip side, COVID-19 is a driving factor for some to sign the petition.
Large said Oregonians have had their freedoms restricted amid the pandemic – and people are upset about it.