Voters cast ballots in Fall River recall election

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Residents are hitting the polls on Tuesday, as the city of Fall River gears up for its first recall election.

Polls opened Tuesday at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m.

The voters are deciding whether or not to recall Mayor Will Flanagan and, if so, who should sit in his office on the sixth floor of Government Center.

The recall began after a group of citizens said it was dissatisfied with the mayor for implementing a “pay as you throw” garbage fee. Flanagan was under more scrutiny after City Councilman Jasiel Correia claimed the mayor attempted to intimidate him with a firearm in his car.

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In addition to Flanagan, the candidates on the mayoral recall ballot include:

  • Sam Sutter, Bristol County District Attorney
  • Shawn Cadime, Former City Administrator
  • Michael Miozza, City Councilor
  • Dave Dennis, Former City Councilor
  • Paul Anderson
  • Louis Melim
  • Ron Cabral

If a candidate calls for a recount: under Massachusetts state law, a candidate has 10 days to file a petition for a recount, bringing the final certification of the election to Dec. 26 at 5 p.m.

Fall River’s 1980 recall act says no new elected official can be sworn in until certification. Therefore, if Mayor Flanagan does not win the recall election, the Fall River Board of Elections Commissioners say a new mayor would likely be sworn in on Dec. 29 at the earliest

Officials from the Board of Elections said they believe the election could have a voter turnout of nearly 30 percent.

Courtney Caligiuri contributed to this report.

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