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Edinburg Approves Recall Forms for Mayor, City Council Seats

9 months 1 week 6 days ago Friday, May 17 2019 May 17, 2019 May 17, 2019 6:50 PM May 17, 2019 in News - Local

EDINBURG – The recall effort against Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina can move forward.

The recall forms needed to pick up signatures in the petition to recall the mayor were approved, but some creative legal maneuvering was required given the recent developments.

Each elected official in the city council is now facing their own potential recall.

That created a conflict of interest, because those who are facing a recall cannot vote on approving a form.

Edinburg City Attorney Omar Ochoa suggested they vote on the creation of each other's forms and abstain from voting for their position.

They started with the mayor's form which passed with a three-to-one vote.

The mayor did not vote.

Then the rest of the council approved the form for each of the remaining positions one by one.

The forms are required for each recall effort.

Those are the forms that voters will have to sign to petition an elected official out of office.

The council voted to have the forms require a full name, date of birth, address, signature and other required items as defined in the city charter.

The recall forms were approved Friday, but when they will be available for distribution was not specified.

Those who filed a recall affidavit against the elected officials have 30 days from the date of their submission to collect thousands of signatures.

Due to the delay, it is likely they will have to refile to get the full 30 days to collect sufficient and valid signatures.

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