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Ballot language

The ballot question:

"Shall the Bemidji Council-Manager Charter be amended to add Section 5.07, providing for a recall procedure to remove an elective municipal official for malfeasance or nonfeasance in office?"

The following is a summary of the recall language, which will appear on the ballot below the question. The full recall language will be published in advance of the Nov. 6 general election.

"Malfeasance is any unlawful or wrongful conduct that affects, interrupts or interferes with the performance of official duties. Nonfeasance is the nonperformance or some act which ought to be performed, omission to perform a required duty at all, or total neglect of duty.

The proposed procedure under Section 5.07 to affect recall of an elective municipal official who has held office for at least six months is summarized as follows: Any five registered voters qualified to vote for a successor of the office may form into a committee for the purpose of bringing about the recall of such elective official. The committee shall initiate a petition stating the grounds of removal. The petition, when complete, shall have been signed by registered voters qualified to vote for a successor of the office equal in number to twenty (20) percent of those who voted for the office in the last election. The completed recall petitions is then filed with the city clerk, who thereafter shall determine if the petition is sufficient. If determined to be sufficient, the petition shall be submitted to the city council which shall call (order) for an election of the voters to determine if the alleged actions) or omission(s) constituting malfeasance or nonfeasance is(are) sufficient cause of the elective official's removal from office. If the official is the mayor or councilmember-at-large, the election shall be city-wide. If the official is a ward council-member, it shall be limited to the particular ward."