Meekhof recall drive is a go

An effort to recall the state senator that represents Ottawa County has been given the green light to proceed. The Ottawa County Election Commission approved the most recent version of recall language filed by a Spring Lake man with a 3-0 vote at a hearing on July 13. That clears the way for the petitioners to circulate petitions in the state Senate 30th District, which includes all of Ottawa County and a small portion of western Kent County, with the goal to put a proposal before voters to remove Sen. Arlan Meekhof from office.
Mark Brooky
Jul 18, 2011

This was the second attempt by Jason Collins to get petition language approved to recall Meekhof, R-West Olive. The first attempt was rejected by the county’s Election Commission in late June.

To get on the Nov. 8 election ballot, the petitions must be submitted and verified by Aug. 5, Ottawa County Elections Coordinator Justin Roebuck said. Otherwise, the petitioners have six months to collect the required signatures (one-fourth of the voter turnout in the last election for governor) and — if successful — the question would be placed on the ballot of the next scheduled election.

“By law, recall petition language expires 180 days after it is approved by the Election Commission,” Roebuck explained. “However, no signature on the petition can be older than 90 days. So essentially, the petition circulators have a 90-day window in the next 180 days to collect 24,852 valid signatures.”

The approved petition language, or the “reason” for the recall, was similar but condensed from a request Collins filed June 7 and rejected by the commission at a hearing on June 21. The commission said at the June hearing that the language was unclear.

Collins, 34, said he was “driven by principle” to initiate the recall drive, with several specific objections to the way Michigan is currently being governed. Collins said those objections include: replacing middle-income jobs with a greater number of lower-income jobs as a way “to reinvent Michigan,” government should not have the power to take away the right to choose our elected officials, tax breaks to spur job growth should be given to everyone and not just to corporations and the wealthy, and the Michigan Business Tax should not have been replaced by tax increases to pensioners and the working poor.

Bob DeVries, Meekhof’s chief of staff, said Saturday their position on the planned recall has not changed from when Collins filed the first request.

“If they can manage to get the 24,000 or so signatures, then we’ll have an election,” DeVries said. “It’s something we’re prepared to do if they get to that point.”

More details on this story will be published in today's Tribune.

Comments

grandrivermi

It's great to live in a country where we can question our leaders and it's our right to recall politicians whom we feel don't have our best interests in mind. Although, Senator Meekhof has worked hard to represent West Michigan. If to pay attention to what is happening in Lansing, Sen. Meekhof is consistently working hard for us, and, has our best interest in mind. There has to be some hard decisions made when it comes to the budget. West Michigan overwhelmingly voted the Senator in office, good luck on the recall. Instead of wasting our time and money with an unwarranted recall, run against Meekhof, and see how far you get!

todonnell

It is to bad that time and money is being wasted on this recall attempt. I ran against Arlan in the last election and I found Arlan to be a ethical, christian man who truely cares about the people and area he represents. While I do not agree with the tax on all pensions, It takes a man of principle to make the hard decisions that need to be made to make our state conpetative again. The real reason behind these recalls, is the loss of power and influence by the unions such as the MEA. I agree with grandrivermi, if you don't like the way the government is being run, run for office. Don't waste our tax dollars on a unwarrented recall.

jlc

1. There is no money being spent on the recall.
2. I am not working on behalf of any union or political group.
3. Just because it is a hard decision does not make it a correct decision.
4. Mr. Meekhof is unwilling to speak to anyone that does not share his views. There are a great number of people who are not being represented.
5. There is a great deal of Government waste that could be eliminated to cover some of these tax breaks to make Michigan more viable. The wellfare system, for instance, needs serious reform.
6. Please get the facts straight before you make erroneous assumptions.

jlc

1. There is no money being spent on the recall.
2. I am not working on behalf of any union or political group.
3. Just because it is a hard decision does not make it a correct decision.
4. Mr. Meekhof is unwilling to speak to anyone that does not share his views. There are a great number of people who are not being represented.
5. There is a great deal of Government waste that could be eliminated to cover some of these tax breaks to make Michigan more viable. The wellfare system, for instance, needs serious reform.
6. Please get the facts straight before you make erroneous assumptions.

grandrivermi

Again, you have every right to petition a recall. I do disagree with you on a few things though. 1) It's hard to believe there is no union or political affiliation. 2) I don't always share the Senator's views, and, I have met with him on multiple occasions. I have never been turned down because I disagree with him. And, he has always been more than happy to explain his votes. You may not agree with his votes, but don't question his character.

Band71

Man, I wish I'd known about this recall business.. if you just don't like what an elected official votes for or represents, you recall...wow, I would of recalled all of the current congress and legislator if I knew that was how it worked.

solariz

He was elected because of his position. Supporters of the opposite position lost. That is how a republic works
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