Friday, September 6, 2019

Rhode Island: Tiverton Council President sues to stop recall vote over notification issue

Tiverton Council President Robert Coulter is suing to stop the recall against him and Vice President Justin Katz over complaints about an executive session at meetings. Coulter is claiming that he wasn't properly notified.

The council approved a vote for October 10. The lead petitioner, William McLaughlin, lost as a council candidate in November.

Petitioner got 625 signatures for Katz (they needed 587) and 553 for Coulter (needed 505).

The town has an absentee veto provision. The turnout has to exceed the amount of votes each got in the last election for the recall to count (though unlike Idaho, the amount voting yes does not have to top the previous election's numbers).

Update: Coulter's suit was rejected.

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