Recall Process FAQs and Info

How does the recall work?  How long will it take?  Who becomes Mayor after he is recalled?  We hope the information below will help answer your questions.  If you still have questions, please contact us anytime!  or 908-777-0859

NJSA 19:27A-2 gives us the power to recall an elected official:

2. Pursuant to Article I, paragraph 2b. of the New Jersey Constitution, the people of this State shall have the power to recall, after at least one year of service in the person’s current term of office, any United States Senator or Representative elected from this State or any State or local elected official in the manner provided herein.

Who can sign and how many signatures do you need?

The committee has 160 days to obtain signatures of an amount that equals 25% of the number of registered voters as of the last general election.

In order to sign the petition, you must be a registered voter of Lopatcong. If you are not currently registered to vote, but are eligible to vote, you may register now and sign the petition.

To be eligible to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States and be 18 years old by the date of the next general election,  NOT currently serving a sentence, probation, or parole because of a felony conviction and a resident of NJ and Warren County for at least 30 days. Here is the link to the voter registration application, in English and Espanol

I’ve signed the petition, now what?

Once the necessary amount of signatures are obtained, the entire packet of signed petitions will be sent to the County Clerk for review and verification.

Once verified, McKay has 5 days to VOLUNTARILY RESIGN.  This would eliminate any cost of a special election.  Should he not choose to resign, a special election can then be scheduled.

How does the voting work?

In a recall election, you the voters will be asked to vote for two items. First, you will be asked if you wish to recall the Mayor.  This is a yes or no question.  You will also be asked, regardless of how you answered the first question, whom you would like to be the mayor should McKay be recalled.  Just like any other election, there will be names for you to choose from, based on nominations from the parties.

NJSA 19:27A-15 states: c. The ballot used at a recall election shall pose the following question to the voters: “Shall (insert name of elected official sought to be recalled) be recalled from the office of (insert title of office)?” To the right of the question, the words “Yes” and “No” shall appear and each voter shall indicate the voter’s choice of one. A recall election sample ballot, but not the actual ballot, shall contain the statement of the reasons for the recall prepared by the recall committee and the answer thereto, if any, which appeared on the petition.
d. Whenever a successor is to be chosen at a recall election in the event the recall is successful, the ballot shall indicate: “Nominees for successor to (insert name and title of the elected official sought to be recalled) in the event he (or she) is recalled.” The names of all persons nominated as successors shall appear immediately thereafter in such manner as will allow each voter to vote for one.