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MI House Rep. Larry Inman portrait

An effort to recall an indicted state lawmaker suddenly has crashed after election officials say a word was missing on the petition.

Elections director Sally Williams says rejecting petition signatures because of one word might seem "excessively technical and harsh." But she says there's no wiggle room: The petition language must match the previously approved reasons for a recall.

The Michigan appeals court has affirmed the conviction and 30-month prison sentence of an activist who was accused of altering dates on petitions to recall the Benton Harbor mayor.

In a 3-0 decision Wednesday, the court found nothing to upset the results of Edward Pinkney's trial in Berrien County.

Pinkney and other witnesses testified that another person made illegal changes to the petitions.

But investigators couldn't find anyone with the name that was offered.

The 2014 recall election against James Hightower was never held after courts intervened.

Attorney's General Bill Schuette, State of Michigan

A longshot bid to recall Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette from office for his handling of Flint's water crisis has gotten the go-ahead.

The Board of State Canvassers approved the wording of a recall petition from Calvin Hodges Thursday.

The Sterling Heights man is unhappy Schuette appointed an outside special counsel to investigate the water disaster instead of using attorneys on the state payroll.

To trigger a recall vote, Hodges needs nearly 790,000 signatures within a 60-day period.

The State Board of Canvassers has approved a petition to recall Gov. Rick Snyder, but denied the majority of proposals related to Flint's lead-tainted water crisis.

The board was split across party lines Monday on one proposal to recall Snyder for acknowledging he had "failed" the people of Flint in his State of the State Address.

The measure has failed because a vote of 3-1 is needed to approve ballot language.

State board rejects recall petitions for Snyder, senators

Dec 30, 2015
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People attempting longshot efforts to recall Gov. Rick Snyder and two lawmakers from office will have to try again with state election officials.

The Board of State Canvassers on Tuesday rejected recall petitions for the Republican governor, Republican Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and Republican Sen. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City, ruling the petitions did not factually and clearly state reasons to recall the elected officials.

Detroit resident Angelo Brown is trying to remove Snyder over his administration's handling of Flint's drinking water crisis.