By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker
Voters may finally get a chance to recall Gov. Rick Snyder, who has come under fierce fire for his handling of the Flint water crisis.
The Board of State Canvassers on Monday approved a recall petition to force Snyder out of office, and a state-wide vote could come as early as Aug. 2 if the required signatures are collected in time. But the recall is not about the Flint water crisis.
The petition aims to recall Snyder for moving the state School Reform Office to a department under the governor’s control.
Nine other petitions involving the Flint water crisis were rejected, some because the authors of the recall efforts misspelled or omitted a single word.
The approved petition contends Snyder should be recalled because in March he ordered the School Reform Board to be absorbed by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, which the state Board of Education called “unconstitutional.”
The petition was submitted by Benjamin Lazarus, a member of the Warren Consolidated Schools Board of Education.
Proponents of removing Snyder from office over the Flint water crisis were incensed that none of their petitions was approved. In one case, a petition was rejected because it misspelled Genesee County as “Genesse.” Another was rejected because former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley’s was misspelled.
Some of the petitions likely will be amended for later approval.
The approved petition gives supporters 60 days to collect at least 789,133 valid signatures. The petition is valid for 180 days.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.