Maine

Officers Subject to Recall:

  • Any municipal or town elected officials as adopted by the municipality.

Key Steps in the Recall Process:

  • Recall may not commence until 120 days in office.
  • Must state reason for removal from office.
  • No specific time frame required.
  • Signature requirement is at least 10% of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election.

Read the code at Title 30-A, M.R.S.A., §2528, §2602, §3001 and §3002)

Court Activity

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News & Commentary

Maine Town Sets Recall Election for Two Selectmen | 10/18/16

PERU -- Selectmen on Monday evening set a recall election for two of its members amid questions about the legality of both recall petitions.

Voters will decide Nov. 18 whether to remove Chairwoman Wendy Henderson and Vice Chairman John Witherell from office.

A public hearing on the issue is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at a location to be determined. Henderson and Witherell will have a chance to address voters.

The two petitions presented to the board Oct. 6 claimed Henderson and Witherell have failed to represent the will of the town and to vote accordingly. The petitions were certified by the town clerk Oct. 10.

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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.