Monday, July 20, 2009

Proposed charter will be on November ballot

The proposal to replace Cuyahoga County's government with a county executive and council will go before voters in November.

The Go Cuyahoga group, which drafted and proposed a county charter, collected enough valid signatures to put it on the ballot, the group and the board of elections said this afternoon. Here is their draft charter.

As of late Saturday, the board of elections had verified 45,776 signatures and rejected 23,270, with about 10,000 still to review. Go Cuyahoga needed 45,458 valid signatures to get the charter on the ballot. (Elections director Jane Platten said the board finished its work today and that final numbers will come out soon.) The county commissioners will have to vote to certify the ballot proposal, but the law says they "shall" do it -- they don't have a choice.

Voters who want reform but don't want a county executive and council will have another option. In November, voters will also decide whether to elect a commission to draft another charter proposal. County commissioners Tim Hagan and Peter Lawson Jones voted to put that on the ballot on Thursday.


Anonymous said...

10,000 votes? That's insanity. How many votes does a County Commissioner need to be on the ballot. Whatever number that is would seem like an appropriate number for the County Convention.

Erick Trickey said...

The secretary of state now says they'll need 5,000.