Equity Action submitted 33,000 signatures on August 8th. But they submitted them too late.
AUSTIN, Texas — Efforts by a political action group to secure a voter initiative for police oversight in Austin’s November vote have been halted for the time being.
A voter initiative needs 20,000 voter signatures to get a measure on a ballot. equity action said on Aug. 9 that she had collected more than 33,000 signatures on her petition in support of the Police Oversight Act, which if passed would create a local law governing the city of Austin Office of Police Supervision and Review Commission for the Community Policethereby excluding them from contract negotiations with the police union.
Equity Action handed over the signatures to the town clerk on August 8 – but according to a report by KVUE’s media partners, it was too late Austin American statesman.
The statesman reports Last Thursday — a day before the deadline for ordering a city council meeting to plan the election — the city clerk’s office said the review process was ongoing.
According to the report, a random sample of just over 8,000 signatures had to be validated to be included in the November vote. The caseworker’s office reportedly said it only counted half of that sample.
“It is disappointing that the City Clerk’s Office will not be able to put the Austin Police Oversight Act on the November vote. However, over 33,000 people have signed a petition calling for major reforms to our police oversight system, and that says it all. Equity Action Treasurer Kathy Mitchell said in a statement to the Statesman.
Equity Action said it would continue its efforts to advance police accountability. The statesman reports that the City Clerk’s Office will continue to count signatures; and that Equity Action’s proposal, if confirmed, will remain eligible for the May 2023 election.
According to Staatsmann, however, if council members approve the recommendations unreservedly, no voting action will be required. Equity Action has asked the council to do just that.
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https://www.kvue.com/article/news/politics/elections/equity-austin-petition-police-oversight-act/269-2e1a91a2-1b5c-40ff-a2a8-06e5fa7287e6 Report: Police Department ballot initiative barred from Austin’s November election