Clerk recall will move forward in township

By Mary Drier
Staff Writer
AKRON — A proposed recall petition of another Akron Township Board member was approved Thursday by the Tuscola County Election Commission.
The petition is for Akron Township Clerk Ann Allen.
Gerald Desimpelaere, Sr. filed the petition that says: “Ann Allen should be recalled because of the position she has taken concerning bringing drinking water to certain areas of Akron Township. Mrs. Allen is in favor of each household on the water project route pay for the project instead of only those households that want the water.”
“The wording is error free. It speaks to specific actions,” said Tuscola County Clerk Margie White, who serves on the election commission along with Tuscola County Probate Judge Amanda Roggenbuck and Treasurer Pat Gray.
Both White and Roggenbuck noted the commission does not address whether or not the statements made on a petition are true.
“The law doesn’t allow us (to do that),” said Roggenbuck.
The commission only determines if the wording on a petition is clear. They each agreed the wording on this petition was clear and understandable.
With the petition wording approved, the next step is gathering signatures. Petitioners have 180 days from Thursday to gather signatures. However, all of the signatures must be collected within a 90-day period from start to finish, and there have 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, Allen has an opportunity to file a response to those charges to be printed on the ballot as a rebuttal to the recall wording.
However, if the necessary number of signatures are not gathered, then the process stops.
This is the seventh time a proposed recall petition has been filed against Allen. The others were rejected either because of spelling errors or as being unclear; and one recall was filed in error which was later canceled.

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