Mel Cohen recall, Morganton, North Carolina (2013)

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An effort to recall Mel Cohen from his position as Mayor of Morganton, North Carolina was launched in June 2013. Supporters of the recall are currently circulating petitions in order to qualify the recall question for the ballot.


The recall effort against Cohen was initiated by Dr. Aziz Omer. Omer is primarily upset over a proposal to increase electric utility deposits from $130 to $400, but told reporters he believed Cohen "has turned into a career politician and [he is] not in the greater good of our community." Cohen says the increase is necessary to maintain a balanced city budget.[1][2]

Mel Cohen was first elected Mayor of Morganton in 1985.[3]

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See also: Laws governing recall

Recall supporters have until June 27, 2014 (one year from the date the petition was filed with the Burke County Board of Elections) to collect 2,228 signatures (25 percent of Moranton's registered voters). If the required number of signatures are collected and certified, an election would have to be called for between 45 to 90 days after certification.[4]

North Carolina does not have any known recall provisions. All provisions for the recall effort are set out in the Morganton City Charter

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