LAKE FOREST — Organizers of campaign to recall City Councilman Andrew Hamilton turned in nearly double the number of required signatures Tuesday, July 25, four days before the deadline, city officials confirmed.
Larissa Fellick Clark and other recall supporters gathered 16,307 signatures requesting Hamilton’s recall. Clark initiated the recall petition and began gathering signatures on March 29.
In order for the recall to be successful, the petitioners need at least 8,834 of those signatures to be certified by the Orange County Registrar of Voters.
Hamilton said Friday he is committed to serving the residents of Lake Forest.
“I was honored to be elected to office by the voters of Lake Forest in 2014 and am determined to represent them proudly on the City Council for the remaining 15 months in my term,” he said. “I’m 100 percent committed to serving the residents of Lake Forest with civility and appreciate all the support I’ve received during this process.”
An anti-recall campaign submitted 2,268 withdrawal forms, city officials said. The withdrawal forms allow residents to rescind their signatures on the recall petitions, but those signatures will only taken out if they appear on both the recall petition and the withdrawal form.
If a signature appears on a withdrawal form and does not appear on the recall petition, that signature will not count against the recall effort.
This is the second time a recall effort has been made against Hamilton. In October 2015, another effort targeted him, current Mayor Scott Voigts and Councilman Dwight Robinson. That effort failed for all three council members and cost the city nearly $84,000 to verify 24,666 signatures.
City officials said the Orange County Registrar of Voters has until Sept. 6 to verify the signatures.
If the petition is successful in reaching 8,834 verified signatures, a recall election must take place 88 to 125 days later. According to city staff, a recall election could cost the city between…