- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A recall petition against a Harney County official who didn’t support the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has gathered enough signatures to force him to resign or face a recall election.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://bit.ly/1TKpQ3Q ) that the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office notified Judge Steve Grasty Thursday in a letter that the petition had been validated. He has until Tuesday to resign or submit a “statement of justification” that would appear on the recall election ballot.

Grasty, who acts as chairman of the county commission, says he won’t step down.

He has been criticized for demanding that Ammon Bundy and his supporters leave Harney County during their 41-day occupation of the refuge to protest federal land-use policies.

A recall election will be held by June 28.

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

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