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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Detroit News: Troy recall signatures confirmed


The Detroit News reported today that the Recall Janice Daniels Campaign has succeeded in getting a sufficient number of signatures on the petition to move the recall ahead.
What's most interesting about the article to me is the explanation of how very rare it is for a recall initiative like this to succeed.
Troy owes great thanks to the organizers of the recall and the volunteers who made it happen.
I got a small number of the signatures and can report firsthand that it was NOT difficult to get the signatures. As I have written here before, the most frequent comments I received when I asked people who signed the petition were:
1. She's an embarrassment to Troy,
2. She's crazy, and
3. I voted for her and I'm ashamed to admit it, but we need her out.
By the way, a failed recall was mounted against previous Mayor Schilling because she voted AGAINST allowing a Christians-only day of prayer event to take place at city hall. She and others who voted with her, including David Eisenbacher, felt that the city should not choose one religion at the expense of others. The recall never got off the ground.

Here are excerpts from today's article.

July 5, 2012 

Troy recall signatures confirmed
Mayor Daniels could challenge effort against her that will appear on Nov. 6 election ballot

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Troy —A bid to recall Mayor Janice Daniels is moving forward as the Oakland County Elections Division confirmed petitioners have submitted enough valid signatures.
The elections division said the Recall Janice Daniels campaign had turned in 8,882 valid signatures, almost 900 more than required.
"Our office did a very detailed and thorough review matching every single signature to the voter signatures on file," said Joe Rozell, director of elections.
The office took a little more than two weeks to conduct the review.
Rozell said Daniels has copies of the petition signatures for review.
She has until 4:30 p.m. July 12 to file a challenge with the elections office, Rozell said.

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Although groups frequently form to push for recall elections, most attempts never make the ballot.
Petitions filed earlier this year to recall Pontiac Mayor Leon Jukowski did not have enough valid signatures.
The last time a campaign secured enough valid signatures in Oakland County was in 2003 against Pontiac Mayor Willie Payne, Rozell said. Voters chose not to recall him.
Last year, Rep. Paul Scott, R-Grand Blanc, became the first state lawmaker recalled in Michigan since 1983.

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