PHOENIX – A campaign to force a recall election against the polarizing sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix failed on Thursday after recall organizers said they couldn’t collect enough voter signatures to bring the lawman to the ballot again.
Organizers of the recall effort against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio needed to turn in more than 335,000 valid voter signatures by 5 p.m. Thursday to force a recall election.
“It is a sad day,” said recall campaign manager Lilia Alvarez. “It is a disappointment.”
Recall organizers won’t reveal the number of signatures they gathered. That said, the last update they gave on their numbers five weeks ago was that they gathered 200,000 signatures.
“The count at this point doesn’t matter,” Alvarez said in deciding not to reveal the number of signatures gathered.