Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Massachusetts: Bridgewater Charter Committee had mention recalls; left out as an "oversight"


Another strong article by Rebecca Hyman looking at the Bridgewater recall court fight. See here an analysis of her past piece .
This piece notes that before the 2010 charter voter, the Town Government Study Committee specifically mentioned that voters would have the recall power.

The vice chairman of the Town Government Study Committee said the committee wasn't referring to the preexisting 1990 recall law, and that the recall was left out of the charter as an oversight.

The piece also includes the following look at other nearby jurisdictions' recall laws:

Barnstable requires turnout in the recall election be at least 20 percent for an official to be removed, whereas Bridgewater has no minimum turnout requirement.In Randolph, which has the same form of government as Bridgewater, the petition must be signed by at least 20 percent of registered voters in a district.
In Franklin, which has a town administrator and nine councilors who all serve at large, the petition must be signed by at least 5 percent of the registered voters of the town, but there is a 25 percent minimum turnout rule.
In Abington, which has selectmen and a town meeting, the petition must be signed by at least 20 percent of the registered voters of the town.

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