Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Michigan: Judge rules Troy must hold replacement vote in May

A judge ruled that Troy does not need to hold a replacement vote in February (as ordered by the Secretary of State) but can't wait till November (as the city was hoping).Instead the replacement vote will have to be held in May. The state is debating whether to appeal. Here's the key provision:

"The court agrees with the Secretary of State" that state law requires that a special election be held “on the next regular election date,” the judge said from the bench. “However, the court finds it would be virtually impossible for the election to be held in February because of the holidays,” which would not allow enough time for candidates to obtain petition signatures and file to be on the ballot, she said.

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