Man behind Bismarck mayoral recall speaks out

By  | 

BISMARCK, N.D. - The man behind the effort to recall Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary is speaking out. Charles Tuttle says the rights of 198 Bismarck voters have been violated by the city.

Tuttle is taking legal action against the city. On Friday he filed a Notice of Demand in district court, stating the city must proceed with the recall election.

The filing states the 198 signatures Tuttle collected were wrongfully invalidated. City Administrator Keith Hunke said last month that those signatures were invalid because Tuttle was not a resident of the Bismarck. Tuttle claims the investigation by the BCI proves he was a legal resident.

“You cannot disenfranchise the petition signers. Now you can charge the circulator if he's done something wrong, which obviously the BCI says that we've done nothing wrong,” said Tuttle.

City Administrator Keith Hunke issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying: "The City of Bismarck completed the mayoral recall petition process as required following the laws and guidance from the ND Secretary of State's Office and ND Attorney General's Office. We continue to stand by our decision. While we don't understand the form of Mr. Tuttle's application to the district court, the City will respond to any challenge to its decision at the appropriate time."