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Navassa decides to continue recall elections discussion at next retreat

Town council members in Navassa discussed the possibility of having recall elections Thursday night. Town council members in Navassa discussed the possibility of having recall elections Thursday night.

NAVASSA, NC (WECT) - Town council members in Navassa discussed the possibility of having recall elections Thursday night.

The idea would give citizens the authority to vote out a council member anytime they become dissatisfied them.

At the meeting, members said that they want to model the policy after the one Oak Island currently has in place.

The plan must be submitted to the General Assembly for approval, and council voted to put the issue on the agenda for an upcoming retreat for further discussion. 

According to council members, the idea to have recall elections came from Mayor Eulis Willis, who proposed at the meeting that if 25 percent or more of voters want to recall elected official, they should be able to do so.

Some council members in Navassa say they're against the idea for their town, because all it would take to remove someone on council is 100 votes.

Additionally, they argue that it would turn serving on the board into a popularity contest.

Those opposed to the measure say they believe they should be focused on more critical things, like fixing the town's financial issues, so they can go back to being able to receive state grants.

Many citizens alo spoke out about the firing and rehiring of town clerk Charlena Alston.

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