Signatures to recall Snyder collected in GH on Saturday

Despite an earlier mix-up, an event to collect signatures to recall Gov. Rick Snyder was held Saturday afternoon in Grand Haven's Central Park. The event was part of a statewide effort to collect more than 800,000 signatures that would start the recall process on Snyder for his support of the Emergency Financial Manager law, said Jason Collins of Spring Lake. Collins is a teacher for the Newaygo County alternative high school program and one of three Ottawa County residents heading countywide efforts to recall the governor.
Jordan Travis
Jul 11, 2011

When language for the petition to recall the governor was approved in April, Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said that the governor remains focused on policies he says will help put Michigan on solid footing for the future.

“The governor is disappointed that things get taken out of context or misrepresented, but he also remains fully committed to making the tough fiscal and policy decisions that have been put off for far too long,” she said.

Statewide, the Committee to Recall Rick Snyder is leading the charge because its supporters believe that the EFM law takes away voters’ powers in affected municipalities or school districts. This is the argument against Snyder that appears on the petition that circulators are asking voters to sign.

However, the committee also states that Snyder’s support for taxing pensions, eliminating the Michigan Business Tax and cutting education funding — among other actions — as a reason to recall the governor.

The website FireRickSnyder.org had stated that a rally and petition-signing would be held at the Ottawa County Courthouse from noon to 6 p.m. Robin Snider, another recall drive organizer for the county, said that the group didn’t have enough volunteers to get to the courthouse or Central Park until 3 p.m. Since she had no way of changing that announcement, several people showed up at noon, hoping to sign petitions.

Signed petitions must be returned to the Ottawa County elections office by Aug. 5, Snider said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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