Ferguson mayoral recall effort falls short on signatures

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Ferguson Mayor James Knowles.

FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)-Supporters trying to force a recall election of Ferguson Mayor James Knowles have fallen 27 votes short of the number needed to call that election. The St. Louis County Election Board made it official Friday.

Earlier this month, the supporters were about eight hundred signatures short and were giving ten more days to gather additional signatures. Petitioners turned in signatures for a second time on Friday, June 19, 2015. The St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners began verifying all signatures on Monday, June 22.

Supporters say the Ferguson city clerk failed to validate signatures in time. The election board says that’s a legal matter between the supporters and the city.