Monday, July 11, 2016

Taiwan: Amendments will make recalls easier to get on the ballot

The amendment will lower the amount of supporters from 2 to 1 percent of total voters and total signatures from 13 to 10 percent. The time period to collect the signatures will be doubled and the turnout requirement (the absentee veto) will go down from 1/2 the total voters and half of the ballots in favor to a 1/4 of the total number of voters and a first past the post majority. There is also a ban on campaigning for the recall -- that is being tossed out as well.

The law is still coming under criticism by both the Total Recall group and the Appendectomy Project, which notes that the signature requirements and turnout threshold may still be too high a barrier.

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