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File #: Ord 19-16    Version: 1 Name: Charter amendment ch 8 signature & petition requrements
Type: Ordinance Status: Archived
In control: City Council
Final action: 5/15/2019
Title: Amending Saint Paul City Charter Chapter 8.02 and 8.03 to clarify signature and petition requirements.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen
Attachments: 1. Letter to Council re Charter Commission Recommended Changes, 2. Public Hearing Notice Chapter 8.02 and 8.pdf, 3. Online comment re Ord 19-16, 4. Charter Commission Draft Minutes February 11, 2019, 5. SUPC letter, 6. Comment rec'd by Council re Ord 19-16
Title

Amending Saint Paul City Charter Chapter 8.02 and 8.03 to clarify signature and petition requirements.

Body

WHEREAS, the Council wishes to clarify the number of signatures required for a petition that is submitted close to a mayoral election; and

WHEREAS, the Council also wishes to clarify the procedure for evaluating a petition; and

WHEREAS, the Charter Commission has recommended changes to Sections 8.02 and 8.03 of the Saint Paul City Charter in order to improve such clarity; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Council of the City of Saint Paul does hereby ordain:

Section 1

Section 8.02 of the Charter of the City of Saint Paul is hereby amended to read as follows:

Sec. 8.02. - Petition.

Initiative, referendum or recall shall be initiated by a petition

(1)                     signed by registered voters of the city equal in number to eight (8) percent of those who voted for the office of mayor in the last preceding city election in the case of initiative or referendum, or

(2)                     signed by registered voters of the city equal in number to twenty (20) percent of those who voted for the office of mayor in the last preceding city election in the case of recall of the office of mayor, or

(3)                     signed by registered voters of the relevant council ward equal in number to twenty (20) percent of those who voted for the relevant office of councilmember in the last preceding city election or fifteen (15) percent of the registered voters in the relevant council ward, whichever number is greater.

The number of signatures required for an initiative petition submitted up to 30 days after a city election shall be determined using the required percentage of votes cast for mayor at either that election or the previous election for mayor, whichever had the fewer voters.

The number of signatures required for a referendum petition shall be determined as of the date on which the ordinance is published.
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Date NameDistrictOpinionCommentAction
3/29/2019 2:42 AMPeter Butler Against The proposed 8.03 text will effectively reject the signatures of St. Paul residents who move frequently, have not voted within the last four elections, refuse to give their birth year, or change names due to marriage or divorce but do not update their registration record. People who transpose their address on a petition, do not use their full legal name (included hyphenated last names) or provide the wrong birth year will have their signatures rejected. Such strict requirements disenfranchise low-income people and minorities. +6