Thursday, January 8, 2015

Maine: Westbrook City Council not moving forward on recall

The Westbrook City Council seems to be taking their time in getting to a recall provision that was introduced in August. Voters likely won't be voting on it until November 2016.

The recall law would need 30 percent (2,053 votes) to be valid. The city is looking at 25% registered voter requirement, and also examining other removal procedures.
In the summer of 2014, the Gorham Town Council adopted a recall ordinance, and in November, Gorham voters approved a charter change to define “moral turpitude,” which previously appeared in the town charter, but was deemed vague. The issue was prompted after councilors Susanne Phillips and Ben Hartwell were charged with operating under the influence, in 2012 and 2014, respectively. 

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