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Referendum would fix town conflict

Voters will be asked to ratify a new ordinance.

By SHEILA MULLANE ESTRADA, Times Correspondent
Published January 27, 2008


REDINGTON SHORES - In certifying the results of past elections, the town has actually broken state laws.

The problem is that the town's charter requires the commission to sit as the official "canvassing board" - while state law prohibits elected officials from serving as members of election canvassing boards.

A referendum included on Tuesday's presidential primary election ballot would fix that conflict as well as several other "housekeeping" issues in the town charter.

In October, the commission approved an ordinance that addressed the canvassing board issue as well as charter wording regulating when and how election dates are set.

Now voters are being asked to ratify that ordinance.