Nebraska

Officers Subject to Recall:

  • Any elected official of a political subdivision and any elected member of the governing bodies of cities, villages, counties, irrigation districts, natural resources districts, public power districts, school districts, community college areas, educational service units, hospital districts, metropolitan utilities districts, and sanitary and improvement districts.
  • The recall procedure and special election provisions apply to the mayor and members of the city council of municipalities with a home rule charter notwithstanding any contrary provisions of the home rule charter.

Key Steps in the Recall Process:

  • Recall may not commence during first 6 months in office or within 6 months prior to the incumbent filing deadline for the office.
  • No specific grounds are required.
  • Time for gathering signatures is 30 days.
  • Signature requirement is number equal to 35% of the total vote cast for that office in the last election except that a) for an office for which more than one candidate is chosen, requirement is 35% of number of votes cast for the person receiving the highest number of votes for that office in the last election; b) for a member of a board of a Class I school district, requirement is number equal to 25% of total number of registered voters residing in the district; c) for a village officer, requirement is 45% of the total votes cast for the person receiving the most votes for that office in the last election.

Read the code at NRS §31-786 - 31-973 and 32-1301 - 32-1309.

Court Activity

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News & Commentary

Nebraska Town Mayor to Face Recall | 05/25/16

MADISON -- Petition drive organizers have obtained enough valid signatures to force a recall election on the mayor of Madison in northeast Nebraska.

The Madison County election commissioner says 229 signatures of registered Madison voters have been validated, 59 more than required. So the Madison City Council now must order a special election to be held no less than 30 days nor more than 75 days from May 23 unless Mayor Alvin Brandl resigns.

Brandl has drawn fire for his appointments to city boards.

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Nebraska School Official Faces Recall Election | 08/18/15

CREIGHTON -- A member of the Creighton School Board will find out his fate Tuesday night.

Voters in the Creighton School District are headed to the polls Tuesday to decide whether or not to recall board member Dan Morrill.

The initial affidavit against Morrill was filed in April by Creighton resident Jody Fuchtman. Fuchtman cited in the affidavit a lack of communication between Morrill and residents of the district, as well as a failure to properly evaluate Creighton's superintendent among the reasons for the filing.

Morrill responded in May, saying that he has worked to provide the best education possible for Creighton's students.

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Nebraska County Official's Recall Election Slated | 03/25/13

WAYNE, Neb. (AP) -- Wayne County commissioners in northeast Nebraska have set a May date for a recall election that targets one of their own. The vote is scheduled for May 14 on District 1 Commissioner Kelvin Wurdeman.

The recall affidavit cites Mr. Wurdeman's conviction after pleading no contest to charges that he stole a truckload of publicly owned scrap metal. He was fined $1,000. This is the second recall effort against Mr. Wurdeman.

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Recall Election Slated for County Attorney in Nebraska | 11/07/11

YORK -- Dec. 20 has been set as the date for a recall election that will determine if Bill Sutter will remain the York County Attorney.
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3 Nebraska School Board Members Face Recall | 08/29/11


Three members of a southwest Nebraska school board face a recall election, at least in part for their actions in backing a successful bond issue.

Click here for full story from RealClearPolitics.

Recall Elections Surge in Local and State Governments | 06/22/11

"The new president of Arizona's state Senate, Russell Pearce, had only 21 days to enjoy that position before opponents began circulating petitions in January to recall the freshly reelected conservative. That's more time than Jim Suttle had. The night the Democrat was elected mayor of Omaha in 2009, backers of his rivals began to talk online about trying to remove him from office. Suttle barely survived a recall election in January."

Click here for the full story from Los Angeles Times online.

Wymore Recall Election Set for May 10 | 04/09/11

"The Wymore City Council has set the date of May 10 for the recall election of councilman Dan Hawkins. After Wymore City Attorney Andy Carothers introduced the resolution Wednesday night to set a date, a brief moment of silence was broken when Hawkins asked Carothers if he needed a motion for approval. When Carothers indicated he did, Hawkins made that motion. Councilman Max Allen seconded the motion, which allowed Carothers to read the entire resolution. When it was put to a vote, the council voted 3-1 in favor of setting May 10 as the recall date with Hawkins voting in favor. Councilman David Monfelt was the lone vote against."

Click here for the full story from the Beatrice Daily Sun.

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.