Jul 12, 2014 3:39 PM by Kenzie Meek-Beck & Maddie Garrett
COLORADO SPRINGS -- The effort to get a recall question surrounding Sheriff Terry Maketa on the November ballot barely got enough signatures to make it on the ballot. The signatures were due to the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office by 1:00pm Saturday.
Petition organizers said they got 48,000 plus signatures, that's 4,000 more than the requirement, but they wanted a 5,000 buffer for invalid signatures. The group's leaders said they weren't comfortable that they'd have enough valid signatures to get the recall election.
Submitting the signatures to the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office would have cost tax-payers $20,000 to verify the signatures. Because they didn't think enough signatures would pass teh verification process, petition organizer Randy Stagner said they decided not to risk spending public dollars needlessly.
Still, Stagner said he and other organizers regret nothing, and that the people's voices were still heard through signing the petitions.
"What we heard from the voters is that they have no confidence in the leadership of El Paso County Sheriff's Office and they want that message to be heard loud and clear," said Stagner.
The recall effort stems from the accusations of sexual favoritism and mis-management in the department by Maketa.
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