Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Georgia: One Blackshear Council recall petitions passes first stage of signatures

The first stage in the recall petition against Blackshear Council member Shawn Godwin has been filed, with petitioners handing in the signatures of 10% of registered voters (30 signatures). If approved, they would then need 89 signatures to get on the ballot.

Council members Linda Gail Dennison and Timmy Sapp were also facing recall petitions, with the council holding a hearing on the charges. Two former mayors have signed the petitions. The issue appears to be their initial opposition to the hiring of the City Clerk. There's also a kitchen sink of other complaints over meeting attendance, open meeting violations and claims of censorship on social media.

Georgia is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, so a showing of cause is needed. 

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