CGAT receives enough signatures to challenge Domestic Partner benefit
The group "Citizens for Government Accountability and Transparency" has obtained enough signatures during its petition drive to bring the domestic partner benefit to a vote.
They needed 4,469 qualified signees, a quarter of the number of people who voted in the last mayoral election, to effectively halt the measure passed by the Chattanooga City Council two weeks ago.
"We estimate that based on the rejection rate that we've gotten so far, that the total approved signatures would be over 7,000 signatures and yet the Election Commission has made a decision to discontinue any more signatures just because we met the number."
Election commission workers halted their count shortly after they'd verified over 4500 names.
Mark West says he feels this leaves nearly 3000 Chattanooga residents disenfranchised.
"When a candidate gets 50.1 percent, we don't stop counting. We count all the votes. Even if the other one has no chance of getting there. So, we count all the votes in any election. This is not technically an election, but it's certainly a poll of the community; where they stand on this issue."
The vote will be sometime in 2014, allowing registered voters within the Chattanooga city limits to vote on whether to allow this ordinance.