The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has certified 6,613 signatures on the petitions that were turned in last week to ban traffic cameras in the city of Cleveland, Ohio. The grassroots group needed 6013 signatures to place this issue on the ballot.
Now, Cleveland City Council will need to meet on September 3, 2014 at noon in order to meet the September 5th filing deadline for the issue. City Council was scheduled to meet on September 8th but that would be too late.
Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley seemed a bit perplexed by the whole thing.
“Since we have to act on this, my goal is to not make things worse by requiring a special election,” Kelley said.
No one would want the city to pay for a special election. We don’t want a special election. But, gee whiz, “we don’t want to make matters worse by requiring a special election.” Read the entire article here.
We can only believe it is difficult for Council President Kelley to accept that a group of residents of Cleveland, Ohio worked tirelessly to put this issue on the ballot. Cleveland doesn’t see many citizen initiated petitions. May this be a wake up call to our elected officials.
You haven’t been listening to us. This is what happens when you don’t listen. Let the people of Cleveland decide.