The recall effort against La Crosse council president Audrey Kader will proceed after the city clerk Friday certified that enough signatures had been submitted to force an election in 2013.
City Clerk Teri Lehrke said five petition circulators filed affidavits correcting enough residential addresses to have 169 valid signatures, exceeding the 158 needed to order a District 11 recall vote.
Kader, who could not be reached for comment Friday, has the option of appealing to the Government Accountability Board, Lehrke said.
Lehrke had rejected the recall petitions a week ago, ruling only 104 of the 252 signatures were valid.
More than 60 percent of the signatures listed 702 Franciscan Way, the Viterbo University student union, as a mailing address. Kader challenged those signatures on the grounds a residential address is required.
Lehrke agreed, adding she was able to certify only 36 of those Viterbo addresses through the Statewide Voter Registration System.
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The five petitioners — Greg Luce, Erich Rathke, Michael Tellier, Carl Wiggert and Gage Maurer — submitted their affidavits with corrected addresses and dates Wednesday, Lehrke said.
The clerk said Friday she had consulted GAB staff in Madison before accepting the corrected Viterbo addresses Luce, who heads the Restore La Crosse Committee leading the recall, also could not be reached for comment Friday.
The group issued a short press release noting the clerk’s decision.
The Common Council now will have to meet to set a date for the recall election. State statutes indicate the election should be on the sixth Tuesday after certification.
Candidates can begin circulating nomination papers once the date is set. Kader automatically would be listed on the ballot unless she resigns by Jan. 2.