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November 15--  A group of Montgomery County citizens has filed an application for a petition seeking a recall election of county school board chairwoman Deloris James.

The application was filed late Monday with Election Superintendent Ruby Nell Sanders and contains the signatures of 118 registered voters in James' home school board district of Alston and Higgston.  Election officials have five working days to verify the signatures from voting records.

The petition circulators include Chairman Rudy Nanny, Johnny Brantley, Terry Outler, Luke Smith and Ronnie McLemore.  They claim James has violated her oath of office, committed acts of misconduct and failed to perform duties prescribed by law.

Under state law on recall elections, the chairwoman has four days to petition the Montgomery County Superior Court where a judge from outside the Oconee Judicial Circuit will determine if there are sufficient grounds to proceed with a recall petition.

If the petition application is approved, organizers will need to obtain the signatures of 30 percent of the 1,481 voters who were registered to vote in James' district when she was elected in 2008.  

James has hired Glennville attorney Joe McGovern to obtain a court hearing on her behalf.  The petition organizers will have to convince a judge there is sufficient cause to have a recall election.