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Decision on K.C. mayor recall to be fought

KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 31 (UPI) -- Leaders of a mayoral recall drive in Kansas City say they will seek a recount after their petition was declared short by 129 signatures.

Recall proponents needed the valid signatures of 16,950 voters, but election officials concluded Saturday only 16,821 measured up.

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"We are aware of similar circumstances where signatures initially not counted due to human error were later ruled to be valid during a recount," recall leader Mike Hart said in a written statement. "There are no winners in today's preliminary results, only a clear message that resident dissatisfaction with our current administration cannot and will not be ignored."

Mayor Mark Funkhouser has been under scathing criticism for his management style, budget priorities and relations with the city manager and city council.

The Kansas City Star reported Sunday that Hart and his colleagues would seek an explanation as to why about 20 percent of the signatures they collected were ruled invalid. Some political observers, however, pointed out there is no clear process in Kansas City for challenging rulings on the validity of petition signatures.

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