By Mary Drier
AKRON — Although there were several attempts to start recalls against two Akron Township officials, the proposed recall efforts have ended.
A variety of reasons halted the process to have Akron Township Supervisor Don Schmuck and also township Clerk Ann Allen recalled.
“Signed petitions were never turned in for the recall against the supervisor,” said Tuscola County Clerk Margie White.
Because there was no follow- through on the proposed recall against Schmuck, the matter is done.
“There were signed petitions turned in for the clerk’s recall,” said White. “There were 136 signatures need to start the recall and 140 were turned in, but some of the signatures and petitions didn’t meet election law standards so they were disqualified.”
Signatures have to be of registered voters within the township. Some signatures were eliminated because someone signed another person’s name, or the address or date was inaccurate or not complete.
Also, there were errors with some of the petitions with the date either not being complete or inaccurate, or with certification of the petition’s circulator.
“The (Michigan) Election Commission holds recall procedures to a higher standard (of scrutiny),” said White.
Another reason the recalls cannot move forward is because of time.
The 2005 election law changes consolidated all elections be done four times a year, and also included the provision that an elected official cannot be recalled during the first six months of their term and cannot be recalled during the last six months of their term. That deadline was Feb. 2.
This is an election year so the seats of all township officials will be on the ballot. Because Schmuck’s and Allen’s terms are expiring, no more recalls can be field against them.
Mary Drier is a staff writer for the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.