Ebbers v. Secretary of State

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Ebbers v. Secretary of State is a first amendment lawsuit in Michigan filed by Brian Ebbers, Jeff Steinport, and Karen Neal. It challenged the constitutionality of the residency requirements in Michigan's laws governing local recall, and asks for a preliminary injunction to be granted to hold the law in abeyance.[1] In late February 2008, Kent County Circuit Court Judge Robert Redford rejected the claims of the plaintiffs. Judge Redford's ruling has been appealed to the Michigan State Court of Appeals, which heard it on June 11, 2008, and denied the appeal.[2][3]

Three other cases were pending on the subject of the residency of circulators: Nader v. Brewer (pending in the 9th circuit), Moore v. Brunner (pending in US District Court in Ohio), and Yes on Term Limits v. Savage (pending in the 10th circuit).


The office-holder who was the subject of the intended recall effort was state assemblyman Robert Dean. At issue was whether someone who lives outside of Dean's local assembly district was constitutionally allowed to enter Mr. Dean's district and ask people to sign Dean recall petitions.

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