Friday, December 4, 2020

Michigan: Appellate Court approves recall language against Governor, LG, Secretary of State and AG; Petitioner does not intend to collect signatures

The lead petitioner in one of the recall petitions against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D), Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel won a Appellate Court ruling upholding the factual language for the recall, though the petition said that they will not pursue the signature gathering effort. 

The petitioner cited the COVID-19 shut downs. 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. Presumably, if the entire state elected team was removed, they would  have eventually hit on a Republican to take over.

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