James Bolger recall, Michigan House of Representatives (2011)
The Election Commission rejected the petition on May 25, saying the language was unclear and relied too much on opinion. Smith turned in six additional language submissions in June, one of which was to have been considered at a hearing on June 24. The day before it was to occur, Bolger's lawyers were granted a Temporary Restraining Order and Injunction against the election commission, effectively stopping the hearing.
On August 30, Smith announced she was frustrated by the legal process and was ending her recall efforts against Bolger. Just days later, Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge Conrad Sindt rejected Bolger's arguments, allowing the recall process to continue. Smith said she would continue to help if someone else leads the campaign, but that she no longer had the time or resources to lead it herself.
- MLive, "Recall drive for Michigan House's GOP speaker," May 10, 2011
- MLive, "Recall petition targeting House Speaker Jase Bolger rejected by Calhoun County Election Commission," May 25, 2011
- Daily Kos, "More on MI Spkr of the House Jase Bolger's cowardly attack on constituent Autumn Smith," June 25, 2011
- Battle Creek Inquirer, "Recall effort against Rep. Jase Bolger ends," August 31, 2011
- MLive, "Judge rejects Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger's arguments against recall effort," September 1, 2011