On May 18, members of Democracy Nashville delivered approximately 9,500 signatures to the Metro Clerk in Nashville, TN. The city requires 6,847 valid signatures from Davidson County voters for a referendum to make it to the ballot. We expect to hear back in early June 2015 on the result of the Election Commission’s verification process. If at least 6,847 signatures are verified, our proposed charter referendum will be on the August 6, 2015 ballot in Davidson County where voters will have the opportunity to vote “Yes” or “No.” Voting “Yes” will mean voting to amend Section 12.05 of Article 12 of the Charter of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County to prohibit Metro Government from inquiring about a prospective employee’s criminal history on an initial job application, with some exceptions. Voting “Yes” will mean voting to allow persons convicted of crimes the opportunity to make a strong impression upon potential employers for jobs they are qualified for before being dismissed for their background. Voting “Yes” will mean voting to enable persons who have been convicted of crimes to work toward the social and economic stability they need to survive and thrive after being released from prison.
A PDF of the petition may be viewed HERE (click to download).
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