Robert Heyl recall, Salem Township, Michigan, 2010

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An effort to recall township Salem Township, Michigan supervisor Robert E Heyl[1] was announced by former township supervisor Fred Roperti. Roperti alleges "Hidden agendas, multiple “special” board meetings, failure to inform residents of potential legal losses of $50.5 million, and secret negotiations to replace the successful township attorney firm[2]" in his news release.[3]

Path to the ballot

The Washtenaw County Board of Election Commissioners conducts a clarity hearing between the 10th and 20th day after the recall language is filed to establish whether the recall language as filed has "SUFFICIENT CLARITY TO ENABLE THE OFFICER WHOSE RECALL IS SOUGHT AND THE ELECTORS TO IDENTIFY THE COURSE OF CONDUCT WHICH IS THE BASIS FOR THE RECALL." If they find that it passes that clarity test, supporters of the recall may circulate a recall petition. The number of signatures needed to recall an officer is 25% of the votes cast in the officer's district for all candidates for the office of Governor at the last November general election. Once filed, the Clerk has 7 days to determine if the recall petition is in proper form, and final certification must be made within 35 days after the filing of the recall petition. Within 30 days after the filing of the petition the officer whose recall is sought may challenge the validity of signatures. If the petition is certified, special recall election on the next regular election date that is not less than 95 days after the recall petition is filed.[4]

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