Brandon Dillon recall, Michigan House of Representatives (2011)
In early September 2011, a recall petition was being circulated against Dillon for his vote against a bill that would have shortened unemployment benefits. In a September 27 hearing before the Kent County Election Commission the recall language was approved by the commission by a 3-0 vote.
The claim made on the petition, that he voted against HB 4408, however, is false. Dillon voted for the bill but against amendments that would've reduced unemployment benefits from 26 to 20 weeks. The elections board concluded their role was to to determine if the language is clear, not if it is true. Panel Chairman and Kent County Probate Judge David Murkowski explained, “The standard to review a petition is lenient to very lenient. I don't know what we would do if we had a petition that said Mr. Dillon killed the Lindbergh baby. There isn't a standard of absurdity.”
Dillon appealed the ruling, but Kent County Circuit Judge George Buth upheld the decision of the commission. However, the GOP ended their efforts for a recall in November.
Recall supporters had 90 days to collect 6,845 signatures from within the district in order to get the recall on the ballot.
- MLive, "State Rep. Brandon Dillon says recall petition is a GOP effort to 'distract' Democratic lawmakers," September 13, 2011
- MLive, "Kent County Elections Board approves recall petition language targeting State Rep. Brand Dillon," September 27, 2011
- MLive, "State Rep. Brandon Dillon looks forward to 'normal' re-election campaign after GOP drops recall threat," November 22, 2011