There has been much discussion today about the fact that two other recall petitions have suddenly been filed ahead of our Stop The Abuse – Recall Kate Brown recall petition, which is scheduled for filing right after the primary election and which has been organizing since right after the 2019 recall effort.
It should be noted that it is an easy thing to file a recall petition in Oregon. Any voter can do it at just about any time. It is a much more difficult and complicated thing to make it successful. Foremost is the timing. It has to be done at exactly the right time to have a chance. Waiting until after the primary election was a deliberate decision on our part to avoid interfering with candidate campaigns.
While it is unfortunate that there will now be more than one recall petition, because it causes confusion for voters, it also has the benefit of helping to raise awareness with voters, which is a good thing. We all want Kate Brown removed from office and almost all interested voters will eagerly sign all recall petitions made available to them. The key is to make sure they don’t sign the same recall petition twice. And we own the solution to that problem!
Over the last six months we have been building a mobile app that allows our petition circulators to instantly verify whether a potential signer is a registered voter, what their registered address is, and whether they have already signed our petition. This gives our petition in-the-field, immediate validation of voter signatures and virtually eliminates the possibility of signing our petition twice. It also helps ensure that the signatures we submit to the Secretary of State will be nearly 100% valid.
I can tell you we learned much in Round 1 of the recall effort about what worked and what didn’t! That knowledge has enabled us over the last 6 months to develop a winning strategy (including timing), a solid campaign infrastructure, an army of dedicated and loyal volunteers, and the circulator tools, materials and resources to get the job done. We will be hitting the ground running, and we are excited you have chosen to be a part of it. We will be making history together when we remove Oregon’s tyrannical governor.
Remember, we came close in Round 1. This time we only need to close the gap.
Note: By law, recall petitions from different filers cannot be combined. But because voters will almost always sign multiple recall petitions to remove the same office holder the real issue is making sure they only sign each recall petition once. Our new mobile app does just that.