The Hamilton County Election Commission has informed Citizens to Recall Chris Anderson that the group had fallen 421 signatures short of the 1,600 necessary for an election to recall District 7 City Councilman Anderson.
The final tally was 3,619 signatures reviewed, 1,179 approved and 2,240 rejected.
"Our signature approval was very low at only 32.6 percent." said Charles Wysong, who said he was a consultant to the recall effort.
"Our biggest problem was not getting people to sign but finding people at home." said Jack Gibson, who coordinated volunteers in two of the precincts. "We want to thank all the volunteers who worked so hard to gather more than 3,600 signatures."
George Goss, one of the original petitioners, stated, "The recall effort has been knocked down, but we're not knocked out. There is so much good that is going to come out of this effort. A lot of like-minded people got to know each other and have a new vision for the future of our district."
Mahmood Abdullah, owner of the Southside Market, said, "We are going to make a renewed call for Anderson to meet with us. We want to come to an understanding with him on how he is going to serve our district."
Councilman Anderson had filed a Circuit Court lawsuit seeking to block the recall effort, saying it was brought because he is openly gay.
The suit had been held in abeyance, pending the outcome of the recall try.