Though Kalkaska county prosecutor Brian Donnelly’s efforts at recalling at least three county commissioners may not be over, it appears he has (his allies attempting the recall) failed initially to clarify the language to the satisfaction of the elections board. In a turnaround however, the prosecutor himself appears to be the only one out of the process who may have to defend his job.
From a press release:
October 11th, 2011
Today the Kalkaska County Election Commission denied approval for clarity for recall petitions against three District Commissioners. Additionally, wording was approved for the petition to recall County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Donnelly. The Election Commission found the petitions for the recall of the Commissioners too lengthy, non-specific in facts, dates and locations; among other issues. The votes on all petitions were unanimous.
With the approval of the recall wording for Donnelly, the petitioners now have until the November 15th deadline to submit the required number of valid signatures, approximately 1600, to place the recall on the February ballot. According to Michigan law MCL-168, petitions will be made available after 10 days if no appeal is filed, leaving signature collectors only 25 days to gather the required number. It is not known if the petitions against the District Commissioners will be amended and refiled.
Gathering for the approximately 2000 signatures (a few extra are typically gathered to overcome duplicates, mistakes etc..) to put Donnelly’s name on the February ballot recall are expected to begin immediately.