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Voters remove Michigan state Rep. Paul Scott from office

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November 9, 2011

By: Greg Janetka

Paul Scott is the first Michigan state legislator to be recalled since 1983

GRAND BLANC, Michigan: With unofficial vote totals still outstanding, Republican state Representative Paul Scott conceded defeat at 11:35 p.m. ET, making him the first Michigan state legislator to be recalled since 1983.[1] As of 12:25 a.m. ET, results from the Genesee County Clerk's website show 51 percent voting against the recall, however, a ballot shortage in Mundy Township has caused a delay in final results.[2]

Scott said the final count shows him losing by 232 votes and that he will not pursue a recount. "The community's just been through too much. ... It's time to move on," he said.[3]

Recall of Michigan State Representative Paul Scott, 2011
Shall Paul Scott be recalled from the office of Michigan State Representative, District 51? Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngYes 50.5% 12,358
No 49.5% 12,126
Total Votes 24,484

Scott was targeted for a number of reasons, most notably his votes to cut education funding. His recall was the only one of dozens of recall efforts against Michigan legislators to make it to the ballot. A number of campaigns are still trying to get adequate signatures to make it on a February 2012 ballot.

Under Michigan recall law, a special election will be conducted on the next regular election date in order to fill the vacancy. Scott becomes the second state legislator to be recalled tonight, and the fourth this year. Earlier tonight Arizona voters recalled State Senate President Russell Pearce from office, while this past August, Wisconsin removed two state senators. All four are Republicans.

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