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Recall petition certified, February the earliest an election could take place

The city of Piedmont has certified a petition submitted Thursday that seeks to force a recall election for Ward 4 Councilman Hoss Cooley.

According to city staff, the petition contained 218 signatures with a total of 188 signatures from registered voters needed. During the certification process 12 names were removed because they were not legible or did not match official voting records.

The certified petition will now be sent to the city council for review an election date will be set. However, the earliest an election could take place would be Feb. 14, 2012. City Clerk Jennifer Smith said she had spoken with officials at the state election board who said the deadline to file for a November election had already passed and the Oklahoma Legislature does not allow elections in December and January, making February the next available election date, which would be two months before Cooley’s council seat is up for reelection in April 2012.

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