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Signatures thrown out in recall bid in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — The city clerk in the northern New Mexico city of Las Vegas has invalidated more than half of the petition signatures collected in an effort to force a recall election against Mayor Alfonso Ortiz.

The Las Vegas Optic reports that the City Clerk Casandra Fresquez's decision on Thursday to invalidate the signatures stops the recall effort in its tracks.

Proponents of the recall effort filed a petition on June 21 and issued a statement announcing that they had collected 1,557 signatures from recall supporters.

Nine hundred thirty-seven signatures were needed to force a recall election.

Of the 1,490 signatures submitted, 733 were found to be valid, while another 757 were invalidated.

Ortiz says he was pleased with the outcome.