A total of 1,011 signatures will be needed instead of 704 to bring the measure to an election

A mistake in counting voters in the wrong precinct has increased the number of signatures needed to officially place a recall petition on the ballot for Sherwood City Councilor Matt Langer.

On Friday, elections officials discovered they had counted total voters in Sherwood Precinct 425 instead of 435, according to Mickie Kawai, manager of the Washington County Elections Division. That means 1,011 signatures will be needed instead of 704 to bring the measure to an election, which is 15 percent of the Sherwood voters who cast ballots in the 2010 general election race for governor.

The recall petition was filed May 17 by the Sherwood Community Action Committee, a registered political action committee, that says it’s recalling Langer based on what the group says is a disregard for the will of voters and claiming the councilor has a conflict of interest. Langer, who represents his family who owns the property where Walmart would be located, has said he has no conflict of interest.

As of Tuesday, Jennifer Harris, president of the Sherwood Community Action Committee, said 250 signatures had been collected.

She said since the Sherwood Community Action Committee has until Aug. 15 to gather the needed signatures, the recall petition is not the group’s main focus.

Instead, they are looking to get ordinances passed that would bar Walmart from building the planned Sherwood store.

“Our focus is to keep the pressure on them (the city) and keep the citizens’ voices heard so that the city council and city government know they have our support,” said Harris.

During a Sherwood City Council meeting May 21, Harris gave the council a list of 700 signatures of residents in support of tough ordinances that would either prevent or make it difficult for the retailer to locate in Sherwood. She expects to present another 700 signatures at the June 4 city council meeting.

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