BY BUDDY NEVINS
Commissioner Patte Atkins-Grad announced today that the recall against her failed, falling short by 18 votes of obtaining the signatures necessary to go to the next step in the process.
The recall committee turned in petitions containing 1,468 signatures. When they were checked by the Supervisors of Elections Office, many were found ineligible.
Ninety-eight did not live in Atkins-Grad’s district as required by law and 92 were not registered to vote.
Only 1,232 were valid — 18 short of the 1,250 needed. That’s 10 percent of the vote in Atkins-Grad’s district.
“We’ll take a look at some of the disqualified ballots, but in all likehood its over,” recall leader Al Entin said. “In the end, I believe we did the right thing.”
Entin, a long-time Republican activist, quoted a liberal Democratic presidential nominee : “I feel like how Adlai Stevenson felt when he lost in 1952. He said, ‘It hurts too much to laugh, but I’m too old to cry.'”
Entin said, “If this woman (Adkins-Grad) has one iota of decency, she would resign her seat.”
The recall formed shortly after Atkins-Grad was acquitted of corruption charges.
She conceded that she received gifts and favors from a developer, but said she didn’t know such gratuities were illegal. The jury found her not guilty.
The breakdown of the invalid ballots are below. Click to enlarge.:
Here is the news release from her organization:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Commissioner Patte Atkins-Grad has been informed by the City of Tamarac that the effort to recall her from office has failed. After the Broward Supervisors of Elections office excluded ballots for various reasons the recall effort came up short by 18 votes. has been informed by the City of Tamarac that the effort to recall her from office has failed. After the Broward Supervisors of Elections office excluded ballots for various reasons the recall effort came up short by 18 votes.