AUSTIN (KXAN) — The group of people working to recall Council Member Ann Kitchen have officially gathered enough signatures for their petition to be considered by the clerk’s office.
Austin4All, the political action committee (PAC), submitted 5,289 signatures Feb. 19 to the clerk’s office, which now has to validate each signature. The PAC wants Kitchen ousted from her position following her stance of support for fingerprint background check for Uber and Lyft drivers.
- Needed 4,848 signatures
- Gathered 5,289 signatures
The number of signatures required for a petition is 4,848. While the group was able to gain enough signatures, each of the people listed on the petition now have to be validated by the clerk to ensure they live in Kitchen’s District 5.
If the petition is validated Kitchen will have five days to resign or face a recall election. The deadline has already passed for a recall election to make the May ballots. Now it will be decided if Kitchen’s position will be up for a vote in November.
Kitchen claims fingerprint background checks are a matter of public safety. Rideshare companies counter that it threatens their business model.