Michael Nofs recall, Michigan State Senate (2011)
The official recall language states:
"On May 12, 2011 Senator Mike L. Nofs did vote in favor of HB 4361 (S-5) which will grant a tax reduction of up to 1.8 BILLION DOLLARS per year to Michigan businesses while at the same time imposing an estimated 330 MILLION DOLLARS in new taxes upon the pensions of Michigan residents. His vote also reduced the earned income tax credit provided to some working families by 66%."
Path to the ballot
Organizers had to turn in valid signatures equal to 25% of the ballots cast for the Governor in the most recent election in the district where the recall would have taken place. According to Calhoun County clerk Anne Norlander, about 18,300 signatures would have been necessary to put the recall on the November 2011 ballot.
The Calhoun County Election Commission met on June 3 to determine if the recall language was sufficient. The Commission approved the language, but Nofs appealed the ruling in Calhoun County Circuit Court, arguing that the language is unclear and that they were not allowed enough time to defend their argument against the wording.
- Recall campaigns in Michigan
- Political recall efforts, 2011
- Laws governing recall in Michigan
- Michael Nofs
- Calhoun County Clerk and Register of Deeds, "Recall language filed against 19th State Senator Mike Nofs," May 20, 2011
- Jackson Citizen Patriot, "Constituent seeks to recall state Sen. Mike Nofs over vote to raise taxes on seniors' pensions," May 20, 2011
- Battle Creek Enquirer, "Nofs appeals recall ruling," June 14, 2011