Springfield City Initiative Charter Amendment (August 2012)

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A Springfield City Initiative Charter Amendment measure was on the August 7, 2012 ballot in the city of Springfield, which is in Greene County.

This measure sought to change the rules for city initiatives. Specifically, initiatives would require a minimum of signatures from 7 percent of all registered voters in the city. The previous requirement was that signatures were required from a minimum of 10 percent of the voters who participated in the last election. Though the proposed percentage is lower, the measure calls for a percentage of registered voters as opposed to voters who cast a ballot in the most recent election.[1]

Election Results

Springfield City Charter Amendment
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 10,603 52.27%
No9,68347.73%


Source: News-Leader, Current Election Results

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Shall Section 14.1 be amended to change the Initiative Petition process to require that an Initiated Ordinance may be submitted to the City Council by a petition signed by the qualified electors of the City equal in number to at least seven-percent of the total number of persons registered to vote at the last general municipal election in April?[2]

Support

Those in favor, included some council members, had stated that they saw the changes as making the petition process more difficult but not impossible. If a group wanted to get an issue on the ballot it would just take more effort and coordination with groups. Council woman Cindy Rushefsky said, "I really want to retain the ability of citizens to override council if they believe it’s warranted ... but the threshold has gotten really low."[3]

Opposition

Those who had been involved with recent petition drives in the city, including a question to allow smoking indoors on the June 5 ballot, had come out against the proposed amendment. They also opposed the other Springfield City measure - the Springfield City petition amendment. Specifically, opponents had said that the proposed changes would limit the people's rights to petition and give their voice to the government.[3]

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