By Mary Drier
AKRON — Wording on a proposed recall petition filed with the Tuscola County Clerk’s office against Akron Village Trustee Carol Dworzecki was approved by the Tuscola County Election Commission Wednesday.
The proposed recall says Dworzecki should be recalled for the following reason: “Attempted fraud by seeking to be paid for attending committee meetings, but not being a member of those committees.”
County Election Commission members, Tuscola County Clerk Jodi Fetting, Probate Judge Nancy Thane, and Treasurer Pat Gray, each agreed the wording on the petition was clear and understandable.
Also as part of the new election rules on recall that started this year, commission members now have to make a determination on the “facts” cited in a recall petition.
“I’ve documentation on all the committees paid for,” said Dworzecki during the portion of the hearing where the two parties involved have an opportunity to speak.
“I don’t understand why it’s here.”
Thane countered the commission doesn’t make a determination on the accuracy of the petition’s statements, but rather that the petition stated a “fact” that could be understood rather an opinion.
The commission agreed the wording on the recall met the criteria of a statement of fact that could be understood.
The commission’s decision may be appealed in circuit court by either party within 10 days, noted Thane.
If the decision is not challenged in court, then signatures can start being gathered.
To move the petition to the next step, 36 signatures of registered voters in the village have to be gathered for the matter to go to a vote.
The language on the petition is valid for 180 days.
However, all of the signatures must be collected within a 90-day period from start to finish, and signatures not gather within that time frame are invalid and not counted, explained Fetting.
If enough signatures are gather, Dworzecki then has an opportunity to file a rebuttal to the claim. Her statement would go on the ballot along with the reason for the recall.
Akron Village resident Alvin Vollmar filed this petition.
Mary Drier is a staff writer for the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.