A recall campaign has been ongoing since January against Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio has failed. In order for a recall election to happen, organizers would have needed more than 335,000 valid voter signatures by 5 p.m. Thursday.
The organizers relied on students and volunteers to collect signatures which did not reach its goal. The last posted number was in the 200,000’s five weeks ago on Facebook.
“This effort failed because the good people of Maricopa County, whom I’m honored to serve, rejected the wrong-headed idea of overturning an election,” Arpaio said in a statement released Thursday. Supporters of Arpaio say that the sheriff won fairly in his re-election in November and that the organizations shouldn’t have been allowed to contest the results just because they didn’t like the results.
A few days before the deadline, recall organizers set up tents by the Downtown Phoenix jail in order to collect the last few signatures. Recall organizers hoped that last week’s ruling on racial profiling would have some sort of impact, but it seems that no significant impact has been attributed to that ruling. Arpaio stated that he would appeal that ruling.
After trying to ride the waves of the successful recall effort of then Arizona State President Russell Pearce, the effort came up short by an unknown number compared to the 7,700 signatures that were needed to recall the senate president.