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Recall confusion raises questions in Chattanooga

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May 12, 2009

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee: The Hamilton County Election Commission informed local activist Frank DePinto that his recall petition for Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield was incomplete and must be revised to be approved. DePinto's petition lacked the text to appear on the ballot, which the law requires for petitions. The opacity of the state and local recall laws also led to questions on whether the petition itself removes Littlefield from office or simply presents it on a ballot for voters to decide. The number of signatures required is also unclear, due to conflicting statutes. The commission will revisit the petition on May 13.[1]

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