Recall petition review for Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary questioned

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Petitioners' failure to get enough valid signatures to recall Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary means no early election. But, the story doesn't end there.

Of the 600 plus signatures thrown out of the recall petition, 198 were disqualified because of an unqualified circulator. And, there are plenty of questions about that person.

Those trying to recall Mayor Mike Seminary were told they came up just short Thursday, but that raised some questions.

"We want to know why those names were thrown out and I think that's really what's important here. They didn't throw out Charles Tuttles name, they threw out all these other names," said Paul Mahoney, Recall Organizer.

In a report from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Charles Tuttle's residency is questioned. That complaint was made by Mayor Seminary's wife Deborah.

The lost signatures were the difference in recall moving forward.

"I believe if we add back in the 198 to 1,738, yes they would have exceeded the 1,898," said Keith Hunke, Bismarck city administrator.

In the report Tuttle claims he lived at the Expressway Inn in Bismarck. But Deb Seminary claims he actually lives in Minot.

"It's crazy to think that the voting rights of those individuals do not exist just because of a technicality," said Cody Schuh, petitioner.

Seminary would not comment Friday, but had a message for supporters of the recall Thursday.

"I'm their mayor, and if they would like to visit with me I'd be more than happy to visit with you," said Seminary.

Petitioner's may challenge the results announced by the city in district court.