Massachusetts mayor recalled and reelected simultaneously
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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) -- The majority of Fall River voters chose to recall Mayor Jasiel Correia on Tuesday, but he still ended up being elected back into office.
Both decisions were made by the same electorate, which took to the polls for a special recall election to decide if Correia, 27, should continue as mayor in the wake of his indictment
last fall. There were two questions on the ballot. The first asked whether or not the voters wanted to recall Correia. The second asked voters who they would want as mayor instead.
Since both questions were on the same ballot, voters could still answer the second question no matter how they voted on the first question, meaning they could vote to re-elect Correia
himself. Uncertified results show 61% of voters chose to recall Correia. But on the second question about who should fill the job, Correia received 35% of the vote, narrowly edging
out runner-up Paul Coogan, a School Committee member who got 34% of the vote.
The recall election was prompted by Correia's arrest last October. The mayor is facing more than a dozen counts of wire fraud and filing false tax returns. Following a vote of "no
confidence" from the Fall River City Council and Correia's repeated refusal to resign, the city scheduled Tuesday's recall election.
A regular mayoral election is set to take place this November, meaning Correia will only hold office for eight more months.
How was he even allowed to have his name be on the vote?
This is a great example of why ranked choice voting kicks the shit out of simple majority.
Recall vote was a binary choice. Election had, I assume, 3 or more candidates, so after over half the population didn't want him in office, it took a bit over a third to put him back in office. A minority literally beat a majority because of a simple majority system.
what a fucking mess of an election. I know its expensive but surely someone would have realized that they should hold 2 special elections so candidates have time to you know... campaign.
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