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Thousand Oaks City Council Approves “Right To Vote” Proposal As New Ordinance

Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 12:21am

Thousand Oaks voters will be now be able to fill most unexpected City Council vacancies at the ballot box.

Some residents upset that the City Council filled two past vacancies by appointment, instead of through special elections gathered enough valid signatures to put what they called the “right to vote” initiative on the November ballot.

It would require the city to have special elections to fill council vacancies, unless it’s a short vacancy which doesn’t leave enough time to have a special election.

But, rather than deciding to put the issue on the November ballot, last night the City Council outright adopted the proposal as an ordinance.

Supporters were delighted that the council saw the community’s desire for the proposal, by approving it without even waiting for the November election.

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