The attempt to recall Morganton Mayor Mel Cohen over a utility deposits bill failed, with petitioners not handing in any signatures. They needed 2,228 and had a year to get it. Petitioner showed the News Herald that he had 1800 and claimed that he stopped collecting in December due to a change in election law, which he thought would cost
Omer is talking about the N.C. legislature passing House Bill 1158, which amended the city’s charter to change the city’s election method from a runoff to a plurality election and moves the election from October to the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The law also changed the time period a petitioner has to gather required signatures from one year to 30 days and a required 25 percent of registered voters’ signatures. The new bill became law June 19.