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Exeter Town Council recall, Rhode Island (2013)

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An effort to recall four council members in the Town of Exeter, Rhode Island, from their position was launched in June 2013. William P. Monahan, Robert Johnson, Calvin A. Ellis and Arlene B. Hicks were targeted. The effort developed after the council members supported a resolution asking the Rhode Island General Assembly to have the attorney general's office take over issuing permits to carry concealed weapons because the town does not have a police department.[1][2] "We The People, RI" is supporting the recall effort.[3]

Recall supporters argued that the change would have made obtaining permits more difficult. The proposal was not adopted by the state legislature.[4]

The recall election took place on December 14, 2013. Voters were asked to vote "yes" or "no" as to whether the council members should be recalled and removed.[5] All four of the council members retained their positions.[6]

Had a council member been recalled, the person who received fewer votes in the November 6, 2012 election would have replaced that council member. Those people included: Daniel W. Patterson, Edward F. Nataly and Lincoln P. Picillo. Had all four council members been recalled, the three council members and current member Raymond Morrissey would have chosen the fifth member. Had new council members been required to replace those recalled, they would have served until the November 2014 election.[7]

Ballot language

Ballot language for the December 14 election read:[8]

  • Question 1
Pursuant to Home Rule Charter Section 203, shall William P. Monahan be recalled and removed as a Member of the Exeter Town Council? Yes___ No___[9]
  • Question 2
Pursuant to Home Rule Charter Section 203, shall Robert Johnson be recalled and removed as a Member of the Exeter Town Council? Yes___ No___[9]
  • Question 3
Pursuant to Home Rule Charter Section 203, shall Calvin A. Ellis be recalled and removed as a Member of the Exeter Town Council? Yes___ No___[9]
  • Question 4
Pursuant to Home Rule Charter Section 203, shall Arlene B. Hicks be recalled and removed as a Member of the Exeter Town Council? Yes___ No___[9]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in Rhode Island

Recall supporters were required to collect signatures from a minimum of 10 percent, 496, of registered voters for each petition. A total of 605 were collected for each of the four recall petitions.[1]

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