Gov. Snyder could be booted from office by August after recall petition approved

Gov. Rick Snyder, via Michigan Municipal League.
Gov. Rick Snyder, via Michigan Municipal League.

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.

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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 supportersĀ 60 days to collect at least 789,133 valid signatures. The petition is valid for 180 days.

Steve Neavling

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.

  • baruchzed

    I’d really like to see this POS on trial, in an orange jumpsuit…and then when he’s convicted…public execution, life without parole, or life serving the people he’s harmed (shopping, cleaning the house, the toilets, reading to the lead poisoned kids etc.).

  • Lora Trezil
  • Dongald Trumpenis

    Expect to see the GOP bobbleheads declaring EVERY petition invalid due to some meaningless little technicality. Snyder’s administration has spared no expense to hire people who game the political system- sadly at the expense of skills necessary to actually help the people of Michigan.

    • Mike M

      Crazy, isn’t it, that when the law says something is invalid, some people will say it’s because of a “meaningless little technicality?”
      Where do you draw the line on which technicalities are meaningless and which ones aren’t? Perhaps to you, having the signatures of living, breathing Michigan residents is meaningless, as well?

      • Dongald Trumpenis

        Repubs are cowards, and invalidate pages of signatures because someone used 14 point type instead of 16 point on the petition.

  • Beryl Striewski

    love you steve!!

  • Drew Prosch-Jensen

    Misspelled FB posts? OK. Their spelling is often as faulty as their logic. But even on FB you don’t get 9 out of 9 posts with a word misspelled or missing (like this article).
    WTH people? You can’t run SpellCheck on your ballot language proposals? You can’t run it by your spouse to see if it makes sense? Is it illegal for the officials to say, “Oh, there needs to be another “e” at the end of “Genessee”?

    • rmarqua2921

      Yeah that is petty!