Plano to cancel recall vote after official’s anti-Islam post

Posted at 12:39 PM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 13:39:14-04

PLANO, Texas (AP) – A recall election to decide whether to remove a North Texas city council member who made an anti-Islam social media post will be canceled.

The Dallas Morning News reports that a district judge ruled Tuesday that Plano used the wrong number of signatures to certify the petition calling for the removal of City Council member Tom Harrison.

The group Our Plano One Plano launched the recall petition after Harrison shared a social media post in February that included a photo of a student wearing a hijab. The post said, “Share if you think Trump should ban Islam in American schools.”

A judge found that Plano used a flawed copy of its official city charter and the number of petition signatures fell short to hold a special election.

The City Council will vote Saturday to cancel the election.