HANFORD – The effort underway to recall Hanford City Councilman Francisco Ramirez has cleared its second hurdle, with one more big one still to come.

On Wednesday, City Clerk Jennifer Gomez approved a petition that recall proponents can now circulate in Ramirez's City Council district, which is District D.

Recall supporters have until Aug. 21 to collect at least 853 signatures of verified voters in the district who want Ramirez to be recalled.

If recall advocates meet that requirement, Gomez's next step would be to present the City Council with the recall petition and the signatures.

It would then be up to the City Council to set a date for a special recall election to be held in the district.

Gomez said that, legally, if the required signatures are submitted, the council is required to schedule a recall election.

She said California law requires the election be held anywhere from 88 to 125 days after the date that the council acts.

Gomez said the election would be like a normal election, with at least one precinct polling station and absentee ballot voting for those who are registered to vote by mail.

She said the election could cost the city $20,000, though she indicated that figure is a rough preliminary estimate.

The reporter can be reached at snidever@hanfordsentinel.com or 583-2432. 

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