Troy — Mayor Janice Daniels will face a recall election in November after her bid to invalidate a petition to put the issue on the ballot was denied.
The challenge, which Daniels filed with the Oakland County Elections Office at 4:20 p.m. Thursday — 10 minutes before the deadline — resulted in the disqualification of five signatures, not enough to prevent the issue from going before voters.
"The official number of valid signatures is 8,877 and we've ordered the recall election to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot," said Joe Rozell, Oakland County's director of elections.
Members of Recall Janice Daniels submitted 9,370 signatures to the elections division in June — roughly 1,400 more than necessary for the recall question to be placed on the ballot. Of those, the elections division determined 8,882 were valid signatures in its first review, almost 900 more than required.
Rozell said the mayor and the organizers of the Recall Janice Daniels campaign have been notified of the determination.
"We're very pleased with the result," said Matthew Binkowski, treasurer of Recall Janice Daniels. "We look forward to letting the voters of Troy have a second chance to decide if they want to keep Janice Daniels as mayor."
Daniels did not immediately respond to email and phone messages for comment. She was scheduled to appear at a town hall forum at 7 p.m. Monday at Marinelli's Restaurant, 4924 Rochester Road.
The mayor said last week she was challenging 1,055 signatures because "we believe either the date was altered or the date was not put in by the petition signer." An additional 150 signatures were challenged based on the person not being registered to vote.
Many of the signatures Daniels challenged were already disqualified in the elections office's first review, said Rozell.
Daniels has said she did not receive notification of the disqualified names. But Rozell said his office provided them to her.
Daniels, who was elected mayor in November, has been criticized for her December vote to reject $8.4 million in federal grant money for construction of a transit center. The City Council later approved a scaled-down version of the project over her opposition.