Charter Amendment Petition
PETITION FOR THE INCORPORATION OF THE RECALL PROVISION INTO THE NEW WINDSOR, MARYLAND TOWN CHARTER. We, the undersigned registered voters of (The Town of New Windsor, Maryland) demand the recall language below be included into the Town Charter. The Mayor and members of the Town Council are subject to removal pursuant to this section. An officer is removed upon the filing of a sufficient recall petition and the affirmative vote of a majority of those voting on the question of removal at a recall election. A recall petition shall be filed with the Town Clerk, who shall immediately forward the petition to the board of elections that conducts elections for the Town of New Windsor. A petition to recall the Mayor or a member of the Town Council shall bear the signatures equal in number to at least twenty percent (20%) of the registered voters of the Town of New Windsor. The board of elections shall verify the petition signatures. If a sufficient recall petition is submitted, the board of elections shall certify its sufficiency to the governing body, and the governing body shall adopt a resolution calling for a recall election to be held not less than 15 days nor more than 30 days after the petition has been certified to the governing body. The board of elections shall conduct the recall election. The proposition submitted to the voters shall be substantially in the following form: FOR the recall of [name of officer] AGAINST the recall of [name of officer] The registered voters of the Town of New Windsor are eligible to vote in an election to recall the Mayor or a member of the Town Council. If less than a majority of the votes cast on the question are for the officer's recall, the officer continues in office. If a majority of the votes cast on the question are for the officer's recall, the officer is removed on the date the board of elections certifies the results of the election, which must be completed within 14 days of the recall election. A vacancy created by removal of a member of the Town Council or the Mayor shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of Article VI, provided that any officer so appointed must meet the qualification requirements set forth in § C6-15. of this Charter with the exception of a recalled official (Town Council or Mayor ) who shall not be allowed to run or hold any office for the next two consecutive terms. No petition to recall an officer may be filed within six months after the officer's election to the governing body.