Eighteen voters have cast an early ballot in a special recall election for Blackshear Councilman Shawn Godwin (District Five) in two weeks of early voting held at the Board of Elections office on Nichols Street.
That’s 5.26 percent of the 342 registered voters living in Godwin’s district.
Early voting closes today, Wednesday, November 25. The recall election is set for Tuesday, December 1, and will be held at the Courthouse Annex from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Councilman Godwin faces a recall election following the certification of a petition for recall that was circulated in District Five by resident Sharon Komanecky. Komanecky procured enough signatures – 30 percent of the registered voters in District Five – to proceed with a recall election.
The ballot question mirrors charges levied against Godwin in Komanecky’s recall petition: “on the grounds that he has participated in unlawful attempts to conduct city council meetings in violation of the Georgia Open Records Act; voted for and supported adding agenda items of significant public interest without providing notice to the public; denied citizens access to social media that was critical of his actions; made knowingly false and/or derogatory comments about other public officials; failed to perform duties when appointed to certain committee(s); conducted himself in a manner that gives reasonable basis for the impression that a person can improperly influence him or unduly enjoy his favor in the performance of official acts.”
Should voters reject the recall question, Godwin will remain in office.