Sunday, May 24, 2020

Michigan: Governor and Attorney General shot down by board of canvassers

Petitions against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) and Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) has been thrown out by the Board of State Canvassers.  The petitioner cited the COVID-191 shut downs and a decision not to remove Jackson Sheriff Steve Rand for the Governor and the Flint water crisis for the Attorney General (who is not handling that criminal action).

A notification error had lead election officials to delay the review of petitions taken out against over her stay at home order. The petitioner is alleged to have previously threatened to kill 10,000 people by poisoning the water supply and a family court referees and county judges. The petitioner has previously taken out four recall efforts, including against the former Albion Mayor Garrett Brown.

The petition comes after an online recall petition on that has 80,000 signatures. As noted before, online petitions do not count and are not really indicative of support (especially since most of the signers may be out of state).

Petitioners would need 1,062,647 signatures to get on the ballot, and thanks to changes in the law enacted by the GOP-led legislatures in 2012, a removal of Whitmer would simply lead to the elevation of the Lieutenant Governor.

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