A couple of controversial decisions today from the KCMO city clerk has sparked a firestorm from pro-police petitioners hoping to oust councilman Eric Bunch.
Here's the latest . . .
The city clerk reports that 845 signatures in the recall of 4th District Councilman were not valid.
But here's the kicker . . .
UNDER THE 10 DAY DEADLINE, THE CITY CLERK WON'T PRESENT A VOTER LIST TO PETITIONERS UNTIL SHE GETS BACK FROM VACAY!!!
For those who don't know how the process works . . . KICK-ASS INSIDERS explained that not all the invalid signatures are "bad" and any discrepancies could be cleared up with a simple change of address card sent to the KC Election Board.
However . . . 12th & Oak delaying the process and providing one road block after the next seemingly hopes to thwart the citizen initiative action.
Here's a TKC quote from an insider with the group . . .
"We received a certificate of insufficiency issued today. However, the clerk changed the number needed as well. We asked to see the list so we know which signatures were not verifiable. She said she’d get it to us next week after she got off vacation.
"Apparently no one in her office is capable of giving that information to us. This just makes us that much more determined to get this done. Things need to change in City Hall. We planned for this possibility and will rise above any obstacles they try to throw at us."
Remember that initially these activists were frustrated with Councilman Bunch's "defund the police" vote and rebuke of the KCPD Chief as they turned in far more than the 2,427 signatures they estimated as the recall threshold.
Now that the goalposts have been moved, the Take Back KC group has less than two weeks to meet the deadline.
Another insider perspective . . .
"The actions of the clerk here seem very suspect. The petitioners would not be out of line in taking their complaints to a judge. It's in everyone's interest that they are given a fair shake."
Developing . . .