Red Brick Daily

We could be over-exaggerating the importance of this … but maybe not.

(The election paper with vote tally, via CNA)

On Saturday, August 26, 2017, a village way out in the foothills of Pingtung County, became the first-ever to depose of their local publically-elected official by using the new “one fourth” law.

Just 310 voters showed up for the recall vote … out of 1,033 eligible local voters … and just 277 voted to remove the village leader.

The Taiwan News explains how this was legal:

“A total of 310 citizens in Shou Yuan Village, Nanzhou Township of Pingtung County cast votes on Saturday to decide whether Village Chief Chen Ming-lun (陳明倫) should be removed from office, and more than one fourth of the electorate cast “yes” votes. As a result, Chen became the first elected public official in Taiwan to be removed from office under the country’s new Public Officials Election and Recall Act amendment to lower the threshold for unseating elected public officials.

Before the new amendment was enacted, elected public officials could be unseated only by the combination of a voter turnout of more than 50% and “yes” votes exceeding “no” votes. The new amendment mandates that an elected public official can be removed from office if more than one fourth of the electorate turns out to vote “yes.”  The new amendment is applicable to all elected public officials except for the country’s president and vice president. 

Noting that 1,033 citizens in the villages are eligible to vote, [a] Pingtung County Election Commission official said that 310 of them showed up to vote — 277 cast “yes” ballots — which exceeded the ‘one fourth of the electorate’ requirement to recall a public official.”

Could some much bigger heads be next on the chopping block? Fear the wrath of the one-fourth!