Dayne Walling recall, Flint, Michigan (2010)

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An effort to recall Dayne Walling from his position as Mayor of Flint, Michigan, began in March 2010.[1] Signatures to force a recall were submitted. Election officials disqualified signatures to the point where the number of remaining valid signatures was not sufficient to trigger a recall election. This determination was challenged in court by recall supporters. The court agreed with the decision of election officials and, therefore, a recall election did not take place.[2]

David Davenport led the recall. Davenport, a member of the Flint Community School Board, was himself the target of a recall campaign. Davenport said, ""For him to come in and take away their public safety and everything that makes them feel like citizens, he does not deserve to be there."[3]

Walling responded to the accusations, saying, "These false claims are a waste of everyone's time. They're being promoted by a vengeful individual who obviously has too much time on his own hands."[4]

If the Walling recall had made it to the ballot, Walling would have been the third Flint mayor since 2002 to face a recall. Voters recalled Woodrow Stanley in 2002. Don Williamson resigned from office in February 2009 days before a scheduled recall vote.[5]

Path to the ballot

8,004 valid signatures were required to force a recall vote.[3]

The Genesee County Elections Commission approved Davenport's petition language to recall Flint Mayor Dayne Walling on April 6. The approved recall petition cited "laying off police department and fire department personnel" as the motivation for the recall.[6]

Carpenter filed new language with the elections commission on May 3. The language submitted in May said, "Mayor Walling is robbing the budget and making Flint unsafe. He is terrorizing Flint citizens, especially seniors, by not supplying enough police protection. Mayor Walling is making Flint unhealthy by not providing adequate garbage pickup."[4]

A clarity hearing on May 18 allowed the collection of signatures to commence.

Recall supporters filed 14,341 signatures. Election officials said that 8,267 were valid. Walling challenged this, saying that some of the signatures that election officials ruled as valid were in fact invalid.[7]

Complaints about fraud in the signature-gathering effort were made by former state Rep. Jack Minore, D-Flint, and the Rev. Seon Thompson of Refuge Temple Church in Mt. Morris Township. Minore and Thompson said that they had been approached by circulators who asked them to sign the recall petition and said that the petition was to get more police and firefighters.[8]

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