An Austin music manager, working in conjunction with Uber, has asked the Texas Supreme Court to quickly intervene in the city’s May 7 initiative election and force the Austin City Council to rewrite ballot language on a proposed ride-hailing ordinance, words she says are designed to “mislead Austin voters” into rejecting the measure.
“The council falsely portrayed the proposed ordinance as something that only takes away and does not give,” says the “writ of mandamus” filed late Wednesday by Samantha Phelps, a talent buyer and marketing manager for an East Austin bar and music venue. “That portrayal could not be further from the truth.”
Because the Travis County clerk’s office, which will run the election on the city’s behalf, will “lock down” the ballot language on Monday, Phelps and her lawyers decided to file the writ, a 21-page document plus lengthy backup materials, directly with the Supreme Court rather than a lower court of appeals. Uber and Phelps are hoping that the high court will act on their writ by the end of the week, an Uber spokeswoman said.