Petition For Referendum Gathers Another 1,100 Signatures, Bringing Total To Over 3,500 To Date; Deadline Is Tuesday

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Leaders of a petition drive seeking a vote on the city's domestic partners ordinance said that over 1,100 signatures were gathered on Friday, bringing the total signatures collected to date and to be reviewed by the Election Commission to over 3,500.

Charlotte Mullis-Morgan of the election office said the deadline is Tuesday at 4 p.m. 

Mark West of Citizens for Government Accountability & Transparency (CGAT) said, "Dozens of volunteers braved the early morning temperatures to wave signs along busy roadways and walk door to door in neighborhoods around town, inviting their fellow citizens to take a few moments to sign the Petition.  

"The results on Friday bring the petition for referendum one step closer to the desired outcome:  allowing the citizens of Chattanooga to make the final decision on whether to approve or disapprove of extending domestic partner benefits to the girlfriends and boyfriends of city employees.

"With just a short time left to reach the goal of 4,500 approved signatures, volunteers will be out in the community again on Saturday, interacting peacefully and respectfully with Chattanooga voters."

Mr. West said the headquarters for the effort at 5962 Brainerd Road (behind Ankars Hoagies) will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for citizens to come by and sign the petition, drop off completed petitions and pick up additional copies to gather more signatures.


Information about the Petition initiative can be found at www.ItsYourVoteTN.com and citizens can contact CGAT at 423-499-1284

If a vote is approved by the Election Commission, it would be held in August of next year.

The deadline to have all the names submitted is Dec. 8.




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