Arkansas

Officers Subject to Recall:

  • Mayor, member of board of directors, commissioners of suburban improvement districts (for the latter, a petition triggers a recall hearing, rather than an election)

Key Steps in the Recall Process:

  • Recall may commence after 6 months in office.
  • No specific grounds are required.
  • No time limit for gathering signatures.
  • Signature requirement for mayors and directors is number equal to 35% of ballots cast for all candidates for the office at the preceding primary at which the officials were nominated or elected; for commissioners of suburban improvement districts requirement is number equal to 25% of the owners of realty within the district.

Read the code at Ark. Code §14-47-112, 14-48-114, 14-61-119, 14-92-209

Court Activity

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News & Commentary

Three Arkansas Mayors Recalled | 11/29/16

LITTLE ROCK -- Three Arkansas mayors have been removed in recall elections.

This marks the most recalls in an election since a state law allowing the removal of elected officials was enacted in 2009, according to Arkansas Municipal League executive director Don Zimmerman. Voters are allowed to remove officials in the middle of their four-year terms, if they can gather signatures from at least 25 percent of the town or county's qualified electors.

Earle Mayor Carolyn Jones, Humphrey Mayor Rodney Henderson and Hartford Mayor James Baker were recalled in the Nov. 8 election, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Earle City Attorney Davis Loftin said the City Council will appoint an interim mayor, with a special election for a new mayor held in January.

Humphrey alderman Michael Hodges said the City Council appointed recorder and treasurer Robert Blessing as the interim mayor.

"He was a tough dude to work with," Hodges said. "He was not mayor material."

According to Baker, Sebastian County city recalled him because he "was not a puppet" and he broke a tie vote among council members to renovate City Hall. Baker also said he angered some council members by firing the city's museum director.

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Each state has its own requirements as to the manner in which petitions must be collected, signed and filed. It is imperative that official recall committees are legally formed in each state according to the state laws and regulations. The handling of the petitions must comply with the laws and regulations of each state.