Thursday, October 3, 2019

Rhode Island: Tiverton Council President and VP push for voters not to cast ballots in recall election on October 10

Tiverton Council President Robert Coulter and Vice President Justin Katz are using the absentee veto provision in the recall law as an electoral strategy and asking voters not to show up to vote.  The absentee veto means that 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).

The recall is over complaints about an executive session at meetings. The council approved a vote for October 10. The lead petitioner, William McLaughlin, lost as a council candidate in November.

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