Flint water crisis: Governor Snyder recall petitions denied

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Seven different petitions to recall the governor were denied Thursday by the Board of State Canvassers.

The board unanimously rejected the petitions, saying the reasons for a recall must be clear and factual under Michigan law.

But those filing the petitions claim that their definition of facts is different.

“A petition needs to state a specific reason for recall based on an action or decision made by the person being recalled and it has to be documented in some way so that we can show that a fact is a fact,” said Julie Matuzak, Board of State Canvassers.

“What the citizen thinks is a fact we’ve discovered today is not a fact. We actually have to have a legal fact. So I think it’s going to be difficult to find the kind of factual basis for a recall I don’t think it’s impossible,” said David Bullock, Change Agent Consortium.

The Detroit Free Press says that if the petitions had been approved Governor Snyder’s opponents would have to collect about 790,000 signatures in 60 days to force an election.

 

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