Petitioners filed suit yesterday seeking a Writ of Mandamus.

Representing us all, petitioners filed suit seeking a court to order the City of Austin to put the petition for your right to vote on CodeNEXT on the November ballot. This request for a Writ of Mandamus is very clear. It reiterates what we have told you all along. That is that the Council is obligated to put the measure on the ballot, without judgement.

Pay attention to these two words — “ministerial duty,” defined in Webster’s Legal Dictionary as:

A ministerial act or duty is a function performed without the use of judgment by the person performing the act or duty.

Read it here, it’s only 6 pages — Petitioners Filed Suit for Writ Mandamus.

Now, IF the Council were to use their judgement on placing the petition on the ballot, they could have done so on their first vote. But the majority chose not to. And, at today’s final hearing on CodeNEXT, the Council members who are really listening can plainly see what’s going on. Austinites are very divided on CodeNEXT and likely mostly opposed to it. Is this why the majority has a listening problem?

Here is the list of speakers at today’s hearing. See the line up?

Against: 136
For: 69
Neutral: 26
Total Citizens: 231

You can watch it here LIVE or if you miss it, go to the Archives.

Petitioners filed suit yesterday seeking an expedited case in Travis County District Court. And the petition signers Nelson Linder, Susana Almanza, Jane Rivera, Gilbert Rivera, Michael Hebert, Jeff Jack, Mary Ingle, and D. Lauren Ross, Ph.D., put their names forward to represent us all. This most importantly includes the nearly 26,000 verified voters who signed as certified by the Austin City Clerk on April 23.

We all owe many thanks to attorneys Fred Lewis and Bill Bunch (of Save Our Springs Alliance) for their efforts. Moreover, we appreciate how fast y’all moved!

Petitioners filed suit to defend democracy that we wrote here about last week.

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