BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The City of Bismarck says there won’t be a recall election for Mayor Mike Seminary. City Administrator Keith Hunke announced Thursday that organizers did not collect enough valid petition signatures to merit the recall.
The recall drive came after critics accused the mayor of welcoming Dakota Access pipeline protesters to Bismarck. Hunke says the recall committee turned in 2,405 signatures, but 667 were invalid, mostly due to addresses outside of Bismarck, nonexistent addresses and unqualified petition circulators. That left 1,738 qualified signatures, which is short of the 1,898 required for calling a recall election.
Mayor Seminary welcomed the news, saying he appreciates all the hard work that city staff put into the effort. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called in to help investigate inconsistencies with the petitions.