Petition submitted to recall Council Member Ann Kitchen

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A spokesperson for the city of Austin has confirmed that a petition has been submitted to recall Council Member Ann Kitchen.

The political action committee Austin4All turned the signatures into the clerk’s office Friday afternoon. The PAC says it is hoping to recall Kitchen because of her support for fingerprint checks for Uber and Lyft drivers.

Currently, the city doesn’t know how many signatures have been submitted. The clerk’s office plans to review the recall petition on Monday.

According to Kitchen’s supporters on Feb. 1, the group Austin4All is “engaged in a well-funded effort to misrepresent the facts and lure District 5 voters into signing recall petitions.” Kitchen says she’s been the focus of attack ads because of her support for fingerprinting checks for rideshare drivers. Kitchen maintains it’s a matter of public safety, while companies like Uber and Lyft say it threatens their business model.

The clerk will have 20 days to verify the signatures. Approximately 4,800 are needed, 10 percent of District 5’s registered voters. If the petition is valid, the city says Kitchen would then have five days to resign. If she does not, normally it would trigger a May election. However, the deadline to add anything to the May ballot is Friday. “You would have to go through the whole process by today, not just turn in the petition,” a city spokesperson said.

As a result of the deadline, if the petition is validated, and Kitchen does not step down, this will go on the November ballot.

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