Clovis’ municipal election is set for March 6, with early voting ongoing.
More than in past years, voter turnout has been a point of emphasis. The turnout determines the number of signatures needed to force special elections on ordinances (twice in 2011) or even attempt to recall a commissioner — once in 1990 and again in 1999, neither successful. A petition to force a referendum or recall a mayor requires signatures from registered voters in excess of 20 percent of the previous municipal election turnout.
In the case of a candidate recall, signatures must come from the district, and exceed 20 percent of that district’s previous municipal election turnout — meaning an unopposed candidate is much more vulnerable later on to a recall election.
Here’s a look at voter turnout since 1996, the first time Clovis voters selected an at-large mayor, with results provided by the city clerk’s office: