Frederick Butler, a local political activist, filed the paperwork at the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, putting in motion a process that could lead to a recall election of the city’s two highest elected officials. Butler started hinting last year that he would seek to recall Gray, Brown and Council members Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), but today only sought to remove the former two from office.

From this point on, the proposed recall paperwork is sent to Gray and Brown, both of whom are given the chance to respond. (They have 10 days to do so.) If they respond, their statements will be printed alongside statements justifying the recall on nominating petitions that are circulated to voters. According to D.C. regulations, 10 percent of registered voters — including 10 percent of voters from five of the city’s eight wards — need to sign the petitions to get a recall on the ballot. Given current registration figures, that’s over 45,000 signatures — in 180 days, no less.

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