The Hamilton County Election Commission voted today to approve the language of the ballot question seeking to recall the city of Chattanooga's same-sex employee benefits ordinance for the Aug. 7 ballot.
In an emergency meeting Friday, the election commission discussed the language as it was presented on an original petition, after City Attorney Phil Noblett send a request for alternate language.
According to state law, the petitioners in a recall get to decide what the language is. Normally the city is the petitioner for ordinances.
The election commission also voted to post the ordinance passed by the city council and the ballot on its website.
Had the petition had more than 300 words, the city attorney would have written a summary.
Election Commission Administrator Kerry Steelman said this is the first voter driven referendum the county has ever dealt with.
Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...