Schulz calls for invalidation of recall petitionsWritten by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Schulz, a former Toledo City Council candidate and citizen activist, has written to the Lucas County Board of Elections calling for the invalidation of Take Back Toledo’s mayoral recall petitions.
Schulz sent the following e-mail to Lucas County Board of Elections and City Clerk of Council Jerry Dendinger April 12:
“I am making an urgent appeal on behalf of Toledo and Lucas County residents for you to take swift and immediate action to cause the invalidation of the recently filed Mayoral recall petitions filed last Thursday. Your action will prevent the expenditure of an estimated $10-15,000 verifying signatures on what I believe are fatally flawed petitions.
“The recall petitions (as downloaded from the organizer’s website) do not contain the required Election Falsification statement required by ORC 3501.38(J).
“Further, there is a possibility that the petition’s statement verbatim from ORC 731.33 is not in red ink as defined in the code.
“The following Ohio Supreme Court opinions are submitted to you as evidence that ORC 3501.38(J) is mandatory on a recall petition or any other petition seeking an election in the State of Ohio. This requirement does not conflict with the city charter and it is settled law that election laws are mandatory and require strict compliance.
“I am also providing notice of this issue to Linda Howe, Director of the Board of Elections.”
Schulz provided two Web links:
Schulz did not immediately return a phone call requesting comment on his e-mail.
Brian Schwartz of Take Back Toledo declined to comment and said Take Back Toledo organizer Tom Schlachter would not be available for comment.