Missouri

Officers Subject to Recall:

  • Any elective state officer(s).

Key Steps in the Recall Process:

  • Recall may not commence during first 6 months in office.
  • Grounds for recall are misconduct in office, incompetence, and failure to perform duties prescribed by law.
  • Time for gathering signatures is 60 days.
  • Signature requirement is number equal to 25% of the total registered voters in the city.

Read the code at MRS §77.650, 78.260 & Section 17(b).

Court Activity

No current cases.

News & Commentary

Petitioners Halfway There for Recall of Missouri Parish President | 01/23/17

Roughly halfway through a 180-day window to force a recall election against Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni, organizers say they have collected about half the signatures they will need to be successful.

The pace suggests getting the recall on the ballot will be difficult, given that the campaign has likely already reached the lowest-hanging fruit -- people most appalled by Yenni's admission that he exchanged inappropriate texts with a teenager.

But organizers remain optimistic, saying that with the holiday lull behind them and a door-to-door campaign underway, they expect to recapture the momentum they need.

"The tempo is back up to where it was during the election period" before Nov. 8, said Mikey Bowler, who runs the day-to-day operations for the Recall Yenni drive.

Bowler said the effort has between 40,000 and 50,000 of the roughly 90,000 signatures -- one third of Jefferson's 270,000 registered voters -- it will need to force a recall election, a range he admits doesn't exactly pin things down.

Read more.

Recall Effort Begun against Ferguson Mayor | 03/24/15

A coalition of Ferguson, MO. residents has filed paperwork in an effort to oust the city's current mayor, James Knowles III.

Five people have filed an affidavit at city hall, notifying officials that they would be collecting signatures demanding a recall election, which, according to Ferguson bylaws, is the first step in removing an elected officer.

If removed, Knowles would join a growing list of Ferguson city officials who have either resigned or have been fired in the weeks following a U.S. Department of Justice investigation examining alleged discriminatory tactics used within the city.

The investigation was launched in the wake of riots after a grand jury declined last November to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of robbery suspect Michael Brown in August.

The committee has 60 days to gather 1,800 signatures before a recall election is ordered.

Read more.

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.