Miami-Dade County

Clerk of courts dismisses filing to begin recall drive of Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell

Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin has found that a form submitted by activist groups last week to begin a recall drive against county Commissioner Lynda Bell does not pass legal muster.

In a letter Tuesday, Ruvin informed the groups that the form does not meet four requirements, including listing language in English, Spanish and Creole to collect petition signatures.

“Accordingly, the Recall Petition you submitted September 6th is found to be defective as to form,” Ruvin wrote.

The groups, which caused a stir by choosing Bell’s name out of a hat Friday to target her for a recall drive, say they will resubmit the form.

“We’ll resubmit whatever corrections are needed. We don’t even consider this an obstacle,” said Fred Frost, vice president of the Miami Economic Sustainability Alliance.

The pro-labor union group launched the recall drive along with Pets’ Voice, the political arm for the Pets’ Trust, an animal-welfare campaign to stop the killing of unwanted dogs and cats at the county shelter.

Despite the spectacle-like atmosphere surrounding last week’s recall name-drawing, the groups have said they are serious about proceeding with the recall.

“We’re already looking at a storefront in her Sdistrict to set up an office,” Frost said.

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