Michigan Representative seeks change to recall rules

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October 31, 2011

Michigan

LANSING, Michigan: Representative Roy Schmidt (D) hopes to change the way recall votes make it to the ballot. Schmidt would see that the current guidelines for a recall vote become more clear. The Michigan Secretary of State's website states that "the reasons for the recall developed by the recall petition sponsor must be submitted for a clarity determination before the recall petition is placed in circulation." Submitted recall petitions are sent to the County Election Commission, where it is determined "whether each reason for the recall stated in the petition is of sufficient clarity to enable the officer whose recall is sought and the electors to identify the course of conduct that is the basis for the recall."

Schmidt said that citizens should have tangible reasons for recalling elected officials and that those reasons should be more concrete than simply disliking a vote that the representative made. He also stated, "We have a two-year term. You have a recall, you're hardly done with a term and you're recalled because you made a tough decision. We're elected to make tough decisions and if somebody believes we ought to be recalled, fine. Let it be on something we actually criminally did."

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