Joe Arpaio Recall Supporters Set Up "Camp Recall Arpaio" in Downtown Phoenix
Respect Arizona's Lilia Alvarez, holding down the fort Sunday at Camp Recall Arpaio
Nativists, Comicon enthusiasts, and supporters of the effort to recall Sheriff Joe Arpaio from office.
Downtown Phoenix was abandoned on Sunday, save for these three groups as members of the pro-recall organizations Respect Arizona and Citizens for a Better Arizona set up tents on the plaza in front of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Auditorium at 205 West Jefferson Street.
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Respect Arizona campaign manager Lilia Alvarez said her group would be camping out Sunday and Monday nights, and would be either in front of the BOS auditorium or across the street at Cesar Chavez Plaza till 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 30, which is the deadline for the effort to turn in its signatures to Maricopa County Elections.
Alvarez estimates that the recall now needs 90,000 more signatures to have a cushion in addition to the 335,317 necessary to force a recall.
"We're really pushing now for Arpaio to resign," she told me. "After this ruling, we should not have to spend the taxpayer dollars to have a recall special election."
Vietnam vet Julio Ortega stopped by to sign the recall Arpaio petition
Alvarez was referring to the ruling handed down by federal Judge G. Murray Snow on Friday, finding that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office racially profiles Latinos and ordering Arpaio's office to stop.
She said Snow's 142-page ruling had given the recall a boost, but whether it would be enough to put the recall drive over the top remains an open question.
"If we're under the amount necessary to trigger an election, we're going to say that," she explained. "We're not going to turn them in unless we hit our mark."
That would be prudent, as Maricopa County Elections Director Karen Osborne estimates that it will cost her office $1.5 million to validate the recall petition's signatures.
A memorial for Arpaio's many victims...
If the county finds that there are enough valid signatures from qualified electors, Arpaio would have five days to resign before a special election is ordered.