Charter: Article XIV
Initiative, Referendum, and Recall (cont.)

Section 14.11. Recall election

When a sufficient petition has been filed, the city clerk shall submit the same to the council without delay, and the council shall fix a date for holding the election, which election shall be held on the next date authorized by law for such election; provided, the election shall not be held less than thirty days after city council has received the city clerk's report on the sufficiency of the petition. If such office becomes vacant prior to the election, such election shall be canceled, and the vacancy shall be filled as provided in Sections 13.4 and 13.5 of this Charter.

Approved by vote of the people August 8, 1978.

Section 14.12. Recall ballot

The ballot shall be in the following form:

Shall ____________________ be removed from office?
(Name and Title)

[ ] YES

[ ] NO

Voters in favor of the removal place a cross (X) in the square opposite the word "Yes."

Voters opposed to the removal place a cross (X) in the square opposite the word "No."

If voting machines are used, the ballot shall be prepared in a form so as to give the elector an opportunity to vote either "Yes" or "No" as set forth above.

Section 14.13. Effect of election

If a majority of those voting in such recall election shall vote in favor of the recall, then a vacancy shall exist, regardless of any defect in the recall petition. Such vacancy shall be filled as provided in Sections 13.4 and 13.5 of this Charter. If a majority of those voting in such election shall vote against the recall, the official shall continue in office. An official who has been recalled shall be ineligible to serve in the City in any capacity at any time during the remainder of the term for which he was originally elected.

Section 14.14. Limitation on recall

No officer shall be subject to recall within six months after his induction into office, nor during the last six months of his term. If he is retained in office by any recall elections, he shall not again be subject to recall within a period of six months thereafter.

Section 14.15. Conduct of initiative, referendum, and recall elections

Notice of initiative, referendum, and recall elections shall be given and publicized, and such elections shall be conducted, the returns canvassed, and the results thereof declared in all respects as are other City elections.


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