UPDATE (6 p.m.) – The State Board of Canvassers has unanimously approved a petition to recall Governor Rick Snyder, but not over the Flint water crisis. The petition approved includes how Governor Snyder handled moving the State School Reform/Redesign Office into the Mich. Dept. of Technology, Management and Budget.
LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Earlier Monday the State Board of Canvassers made a rare move.
They accepted a petition seeking to recall Governor Rick Snyder.
The petition asks people to remove the governor from office because of issues with Michigan’s schools, but they come on the heels of the Flint water crisis.
Less than one week after democrats called for his resignation, 6 News Reporter Neha Sheth was there as the petitions were submitted during a heated meeting.
The board reviewed 10 petitions submitted by four different people, many of them upset with Governor Snyder’s role in the Flint water crisis.
In the end, state officials decided the majority of the petitioners’ statements weren’t valid due to either spelling or grammatical errors.
But petitioners say there’s another side to the story.
“It’s time for Governor Snyder to man up and take action and rectify this situation for this man-made disaster.”
A packed room filled with angry citizens.
“My husband George and I came here to support the people from Flint in all that they had to go through in the last year,” said Anne Paquet-Howard, Lansing resident.
Many hoping to dethrone Governor Rick Snyder following the Flint water crisis.
“This blatant lack of concern at slow attempt to reverse an act of undeniable gross negligence is unacceptable and disrespectful.”
With others feeling a sense of a lack of acknowledgement by the state.
“All of our families have been exposed to this lead poisoning and we’ve been to the doctors about this.”
In unison taking a stance against the Michigan board of canvassers.
“The petition is very clear it just only has very few words, pronunciations that are wrong which you can GOOGLE search it.”
All hoping to make a difference in their community, one voice at a time.
“Has one ounce of remorse and some sort of action taken place before we ended up on Time Magazine and in the mouths of celebrities I have been convinced our governor was worthy of his hire.”
UPDATE (6 p.m.) – So what’s next? Now that the petition has been approved, a petitioner must get close to 800,000 signatures within a 60-day period to move forward.
That petition would then turn to the secretary of state who would cast the vote on one of the state ballots either in May or August.
Stay with 6 News for the latest on the petition.