Becker Files Lawsuit to Protect Citizens Who Were Disenfranchised
Brian Becker, owner of SEMO.net, filed a lawsuit in Butler County on Friday asking the courts to uphold the rights of 1193 Poplar Bluff citizens who signed the petition but had their names invalidated by the City Clerk and CIty Attorney.
The City Attorney wrote in a letter dated November 17, that the City Clerk had invalidated over signatures because the full text of the ordinance was not on every page of signatures.
The suit alleges that the state statues “requires that signature pages be attached to such a copy of the full correct text of the petition. Mr. Becker complied with this requirement as indicated by staple holes in the various pages. They were separated only for the purposed of copying and filing. Consequently the 1,107 signatures rejected because they allegedly were not affixed to a petition containing the full text of the proposal should have been certified.”
Becker said, “The city has violated the rights of their own citizens. It is on behalf of those 1,100 citizens that I bring this to a higher authority to weigh in on this travesty.”
Becker continued “Although I did file a lawsuit, that doesn’t mean we are not working to comply with the City’s outrageous demands. Every step of the way, the City has made a more outlandish request than the day before. Both paid and volunteer staff are working every waking hour to correct 1100 signatures the city has invalidated.”
The group is taking a petition back to each of the invalidated voters and asking them to re-sign the petition. The group reports that they have gathered above and beyond the one hundred signatures each day needed to correct this in the 10 days the city required.
Becker stated, “We expect to turn in all 3,136 signatures the City now requires to place this on the ballot on Monday, Nov 28th.”