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Withdraw Petition Signature

The following describes what to do if you signed the recall petition but have changed your mind and would like to withdraw your signature

If you signed the recall petition and now realize, after getting more information and learning different viewpoints, that you were misled or mistaken in signing the recall petition, you can take action to get your signature removed from the petition.  Here is an excerpt from the Arizona Revised Statute Section 19-113 on how to withdraw your signature from a petition:

19-113. Withdrawal of petition signature; payment of remuneration; violation; classification

A. A person who has signed a petition prescribed by statute for any candidate nomination, initiative, referendum, recall or formation or modification of a county, municipality or district may withdraw the person's signature from the petition not later than 5:00 p.m. on the date the petition containing the person's signature is actually filed.  A person who has signed a recall petition may withdraw the person's signature from the petition not later than 5:00 p.m. on the date the petition containing the person's signature is actually submitted for verification pursuant to section 19-203.

B. To withdraw a petition signature, a person may do any of the following:

1. Verify the withdrawal by signing a simple statement of intent to withdraw at the office of the filing officer.

2. Mail a signed, notarized statement of intent to withdraw to the filing officer.

3. Draw a line through the signature and printed name on the petition.

C. A signature withdrawn pursuant to subsection B of this section and received by the filing officer within the time provided for in subsection A of this section shall not be counted in determining the legal sufficiency of the petition.

D. A person who knowingly gives or receives money or any other thing of value for signing a statement of signature withdrawal pursuant to subsection B of this section is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor.

To withdraw your signature per section B.1 or B.2 above, use the following "Withdrawal of Petition Signature" document:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This form must be filled out and signed in the presence of a notary public or the Prescott City Clerk, Sarah Siep (or her authorized representative).  If you choose to mail the notarized document, please send it to:

 

City Clerk - Sarah Siep

Prescott City Hall

201 N Montezuma St.

Prescott, AZ  86301

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To satisfy the requirements of B.3, this can only be done if you have access to the petition you just signed.  That may be immediately after signing it, or if you can find the person or location where you signed the petition and it is still available/accessible, you may be able to cross out your signature.  Once the petition has been submitted to the City Clerks office, there is no opportunity for you to strike out your signature.

To see a sample of the recall petition you can go HERE.

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