Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Massachusetts: Townsend Selectmen petitions require separate petitions

I've actually been asked this question before, and so apparently has the town counsel for Townsend -- if you are trying to recall two or more officials, you need separate petitions and separate signatures for each one. In Townsend's case, they are trying to recall Chairwoman Carolyn Smart and Gordy Clark. Petitions need 10% of registereds, with at least 125 from each precinct -- that means at least 614 signatures, and thy have 21 days. There is a turnout requirement -- 25% of registered voters must participate for the recall to count.

The issue is claimed open meeting act violations and the filling of a town administrator position.

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