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Petition Signatures being Verified in Electra

Dozens of signatures are being verified in Electra now that a petition has been filed to change the city charter.

Dozens of signatures are being verified in Electra now that a petition has been filed to change the city charter.

Sue Howell started collecting signatures from electra residents in August.

She says the push by city leaders to remove Johnny Morris as police chief prompted her to gather public support to amend the city charter to include "initiative, referendum and recall powers."

She says those powers are needed by voters to make changes, remove elected officials and call elections to provide direct remedies in unusual situations.

Howell says at least 151 signatures or 10% of electra's registered voters are needed to call for the charter election.

Her petition has 183 signatures and she filed it yesterday.

One resident who signed it says he did so for this reason.

"It's kind of a yes sir and yes ma'am thing down here is what it is.  And what I mean is they go what they want to go for and that's it," says Electra resident, Gary Byrd

Howell filed a second petition with 140 signatures requesting the immediate termination of Larry Pannell, Electra's city administrator.

After the city's secretary verifies each signature on the charter petition it will go to the Electra City Commission for action.
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