Saturday, May 4, 2019

Texas: McKinney approve charter amendment to ease recall signature requirements

McKinney voters approved by 60% and 79%, amendments to ease the signature requirement for recalls. The new law requires 30% of turnout (with at least 1000 signatures) to get a recall on the ballot). The previous law requires 25% of turnout but it must also contain 15% of total voters, so the new number is likely lower. It would also raise the amount of time to collect the signatures from 30 to 45 days. It also clarifies that recalls are city-wide.

The recall discussion started after Council member La'Shadion Shemwell was arrested on suspicion of violence against the family.

The laws were last updated in 1959.

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