Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Texas: Plano Councilman recall vote cancelled by judge

The recall against Councilman Tom Harrison has been cancelled by a district court judge, who ruled that the city was using an outdated version of the charter to approved the recall. Harrison was .censured by the council after posting a Facebook video calling for the ban of Islam in schools.

Petitioners got 4000 signatures and needed about 2800 under what they were told was the law (30% from the municipal election, which was viewed as the last race for the seat). However, according to a charter submitted to Secretary of State's office in 1961, it is the "last" regular municipal election, which the judge interpreted to be the whole city. The difference was three times greater (27000 people voted in that race). Therefore the signatures didn't meet the new criteria.

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