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Fourth recall attempt denied

By Mary Drier
Staff Writer
AKRON — The wording on a fourth proposed recall of an Akron Township official was denied this week by the Tuscola County Election Commission.
Even though the wording for the proposed recall of Akron Township Clerk Ann Allen was only one sentence, the commission denied it.
The petition’s recall wording said that Allen: “Does not cooperate with decisions made by board members.”
During Wednesday’s hearing on the petition, Allen had an opportunity to speak. She noted, that even though the sentence was simple, it was “problematic” in that it didn’t explain what she wasn’t supposed to be cooperating with.
Those serving on the election commission, Probate Judge Amanda Roggenbuck, county Clerk Margie White, and county Treasurer Pat Gray agreed with Allen’s assessment and denied the petition as “being unclear.”
This last proposed recall, along with the other three recall petitions that failed, were authored by township resident Lyle Houthoofd. His first two proposed recall attempts failed because misspelled words made the reason for recall unclear, and the last attempts failed because the points raised were determined as unclear by the election commission.
Despite being rejected four times, Houthoofd could still file another recall petition.

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