Thursday, October 10, 2019

Rhode Island: Tiverton Council President and VP kicked out in recall vote

Tiverton Council President Robert Coulter (1594-75) and Vice President Justin Katz (1589-80) were both kick out of office in a recall vote. The low votes for Coulter and Katz has a lot to do with strategy, as there was an absentee veto provision in the recall law.  The absentee veto means that turnout has to exceed 40% of 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). Both of them easily topped that total.

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

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