Cibolo City Council Rejects Recall Attempt for November Election

Another illustration of traps for the unwary in recall petitions.  While city charters provide for recall procedures, most charters are not frequently updated. The Texas Election Code provides additional requirements and sometimes trumps contrary city provisions.  In this case, the Council reportedly rejected the recall attempt of four councilmembers because the petition was submitted too late for the election to be placed on the November ballot.  The city must comply with state rules regarding how far in advance the ballot must be prepared.  However, this seems to raise a question as to whether the City has a duty to place the election on the next available uniform election date, which would be May 2014.