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John Carmichael recall, Sturgis, Michigan (2010)
An effort to recall John Carmichael from his position as Mayor of Sturgis, Michigan was launched in March 2010. The effort did not proceed to the stage of a vote, due to an insufficiency of signatures on recall petitions.
Bob Magness began the recall effort. The petition form filed for the recall says, "John Carmichael has prohibited the free exercise of the Christian religion in that he refuses to allow the name of Jesus Christ to be mentioned during the invocation at commission meetings of which Christ is the central figure of the Christian religion."
Carmichael is in favor of enforcing city guidelines that prohibit references to Christ in invocations before city council meets. These rules were adopted by the city commission in December 2009.
Path to the ballot
Recall supporters must collect at least 233 valid signatures of Sturgis Precinct 1 voters to force a recall vote.
April 30, 2010 was the deadline for collecting the signatures.
263 signatures were submitted on April 27.
Upon inspection, the signatures were found to be 4 short of the number of valid signatures required.
- Sturgis Journal, "Mayor recall initiated," March 10, 2010
- Sturgis Journal, "Recall effort falls short"
- Kalamazoo Gazette, "Sturgis mayor faces recall over prayer rules: Pastor's mention of Christ during invocation ignited flap," March 26, 2010
- Sturgis Journal, "Recall vote likely," April 29, 2010
- Sturgis Journal, "Recall effort falls short," April 30, 2010