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Charter amendment allowing recall of Bemidji officials passes easily

BEMIDJI – With all five precincts reporting, voters overwhelmingly supported a ballot measure to implement a recall process for elected city officials. 

In complete but unofficial results, the measure passed by a 4,682-945 vote, or 83.2 percent voting yes and 16.8 percent voting against the measure.

Under the charter amendment, five registered voters of a ward, or city-wide for an at-large position, could form a committee and write a petition stating their argument for why a recall election should take place.

They would need to gather signatures of 20 percent of the people who voted in the previous election for that position.

Voters would be asked if any alleged malfeasance or nonfeasance should be grounds for removing the official from office.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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