Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tennessee: Chattanooga votes to adopt stricter recall standards

Chattanooga City Council members voted in favor of adopting the state recall standard of 15 percent of registered voters. This was following a debacle in the attempted recall of the mayor earlier this year. The city's standard was 50% of turnout, which ended up producing a lower signature total than the 15%.

Most illuminating is the reasons that three councilmembers voted against it. One wanted only a malfeasance standard for recalls. Another claimed that it could result in an impossible to meet signature requirement.

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