Voters sign petitions to recall Governor Kate Brown

A Voter signs a petition to recall Governor Kate Brown, in front of the Medford D.M.V., July 18, 2019. (Sammy Shaktah/News10)

On Thursday, voters showed up in droves to sign petitions to recall Oregon's Governor, Kate Brown, in front of the DMV in the Village at Medford Center.

One organizer, Melonie Reel, said she has already received over a thousand signatures on the first day.

As background, if this petition were to move forward as a measure on the 2020 ballot, about 280,000 signatures would be needed within a 90-day period.

Reel says she sees this as a likely goal that can be reached. "I feel very confident, we're going to be down here at the Medford DMV from eight to five today and also eight to five tomorrow," she said.

Petition organizers had clipboards, pens, and petition forms ready for voters to sign as they walked up.

One of the constant themes petitioners voiced was they wanted to be heard by Governor Brown.

Some of the issues mentioned included the attempt at passing the controversial Cap and Trade bill, the Gross Receipts Tax, and instances where some people feel they are misrepresented in Oregon, according to an organizer.

"We feel that as citizens of the state of Oregon, this great state that we have, we should have the choice to put it out there and let everybody vote on this. These are taxing issues, that we don't think a handful of representatives and the governor should decide for us," Reel said.

She said she was at the DMV since 7:30 a.m. and said she will continue taking signatures until 5 p.m., and will also be doing so Friday.

Reel said the momentum is gaining quickly and is optimistic about reaching a 300,000 signature goal.

As previously reported, the earliest day to petition a recall of those currently in office could only be done after they have served at least six months of their current term, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

Two variations of the petitions are available for voters to sign. They can be read below:

And the second petition here:

News 10 reached out to Salem officials to inquire on the validity of online petitions that are also in circulation, but has not yet heard back.

Governor Kate Brown's term currently would expire in 2022.

While traction has been made on signing these petitions, opposition to the petition is still prevalent.

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