Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Memphis gets Recall, Knox County Next

Hopefully, Knox County will soon join the City of Memphis in authorizing citizens to recall corrupt officials.

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But a new ethics ordinance passed Tuesday night gives (Memphis) citizens the authority to recall any council member they feel has betrayed the public's trust.

"It does give the voters the ability to recall any member of council member which the voters simply before did not have," Myron Lowery said.  

Here's how it'll work.

If you want to recall a council member you need signatures. The amount of signatures? 10% of all the people who voted in the last general election.

So if there were 60 thousand total votes in the last election, then you would need six thousand signatures.

Also, the recall petition cannot begin until one year after the last general election.Once you get enough signatures then voters will have the final say.