Friday, July 13, 2012

West Virginia: Petitions in Keyser mayoral recall rejected

This one is from May, but worth looking back forth. The recall petition against Keyser Mayor Randy Amtower, which had more than 200 signatures, was rejected because signers’ ages and lengths of residency weren’t provided with the petition as required by the city charter.

“Each petition shall contain, in addition to the names of the petitioners, the street and house number in which the petitioner resides, his age and length of residence in the city,” read the charter.
“Also, each individual paper containing signatures must be signed and certified."
Keyser was the city with a modified "loser pays" law for the recall. To me, it sounds like the requirement for ages and length of residency shows that the charter is not designed for democratic use of campaigns. 

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