- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A recall petition has been filed against a Harney County official who did not support the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Petitioners say they have gathered 566 signatures, more than enough to compel Judge Steve Grasty to resign or face a recall election.

Though his title is judge, Grasty’s position is essentially chairman of the county commission. He tells The Oregonian/Oregonlive (https://is.gd/3g5Okl) he’s not going to resign.

Ammon Bundy and others occupied the refuge this winter to protest the imprisonment of Dwight and Steven Hammond, two ranchers sent to prison for starting fires. They blame Grasty for not offering to protect the Hammonds from the federal government.

The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office is working to verify the petition signatures.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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