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Recall continues to be a goal in township

By Mary Drier
Staff Writer
AKRON — Wording on a proposed recall petition against an Akron Township official was approved Wednesday by the Tuscola County Election Commission.
The wording on the proposed recall against Akron Township Supervisor Donald Schmuck filed by resident Lawrence Nichols, Jr. reads that he should be recalled for the following reasons: “Communicates negatively in public meetings and privately to individuals in order to purposely undermine community support for water project.”
Tuscola County Election Commission members Tuscola County Probate Judge Amanda Roggenbuck and Treasurer Pat Gray determined the wording was “understandable.” County Clerk Margie White, who also serves on the commission, wasn’t able to attend.
The election commission does not make a determination on the validity of the statement, only if the wording is understandable, explained White.
With the petition wording approved, the next step is gathering signatures. Petitioners have 180 days from Jan. 25 to gather signatures. However, all of the signatures must be collected within a 90-day period from start to finish, and there has to be enough valid signatures.
According to White, 136 signatures of registered voters in the township are necessary for the issue to go to voters.
If the necessary number of signatures are gathered, the petition for recall is then filed with the Secretary of State.
During that process, Schmuck will have an opportunity to file a response to those charges to be printed on the ballot.
Mary Drier is a staff writer for the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at drier@tcadvertiser.com.

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