Jun 5, 2008

Its official: Recall is dead

LANSING – The recall against House Speaker Andy Dillon is officially dead after Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land issued an official declaration saying the petition drive fell 776 short of the 8,724 signatures necessary to put the recall question on the Aug. 5 primary ballot.

"I commend the professionalism of the local election officials and the Bureau of Elections as we moved through this extensive and time-consuming review process," Land said in a press release.

The Bureau of Elections' preliminary findings released on May 23 showed that only 8,224 signatures were valid, but after a more intensive look at the petitions the number of invalid signatures grew to 7,789 invalid signatures.
Republican Macomb County Commissioner Leon Drolet and his group filed 15,739 signatures with the Bureau of Elections on May 1, but the Michigan Democratic Party presented evidence of fraud and forged signatures.

The Department of State said all evidence of forgery and fraudulent signatures would be turned over to Attorney General Mike Cox and the Wayne County prosecutor’s office.

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