Elections panel rejects Meekhof recall language

The language of a Spring Lake man's petition to recall Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, was rejected this morning by the Ottawa County Election Commission. Eric Doster, an attorney who argued on Meekhof's behalf, said that the petition language was unclear, and election commissioners agreed. Bob DeVries, Meekhof's chief of staff, was the only other person present at the hearing held at the Ottawa County Fillmore Complex, and was pleased with the commission's decision, he said.
Jordan Travis
Jun 21, 2011

The recall petition is part of what Ottawa County Elections Coordinator Justin Roebuck called a concerted effort to recall legislators who voted in favor of Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget. Specifically, the petition cites Meekhof’s vote on a bill that cuts business taxes, as well as support for a budget that cuts school funding, taxing pensions and preventing the reduction of the income tax rate for 2012.

Spring Lake resident Jason Collins, a math and English teacher for the Newaygo County alternative high school program, filed the petition on June 7. Collins, 30, declined comment about the petition until after today’s hearing. He did not attend this morning’s hearing, and could not be reached for comment by press time.

To read more of this story, see today's edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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