One of the candidates in the El Paso mayoral race called the proposal to change the election day from May (the traditional date for nonpartisan in Texas) to November an attack on future recalls and initiatives.
The candidate claimed that the goal is to try up voter turnout to make create a prohibitive signature total:
Today, it takes the signatures of 5 percent of the voters in a city election to force the mayor or a city representative into a recall election. A May election might draw 40,000 voters, but more than 170,000 El Pasoans voted in the last presidential election.
“That quadruples the number of signatures required for a recall election,” Haddad said.