Organizers of Snyder recall to begin circulating petitions today

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of a longshot campaign to recall Gov. Rick Snyder from office for his handling of Flint’s water crisis are starting to collect signatures.

Once the petition drive starts Sunday, the groups will have 60 days to gather about 790,000 valid voter signatures. That’s far more signatures and a shorter time window than is allotted for ballot initiatives.

Opponents of the Republican governor say he “failed” residents who drank lead-contaminated water and therefore should be removed. Snyder has said recall efforts against him are “part of the democratic process” and he is focused on responding to the crisis.

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  • Andrew

    Assuming they get the needed number of signatures, and that those signatures are confirmed as valid, it will still be quicker to remove Snyder in an election. He will contest the signatures and drag it out that long, and can do so easily. The Federal Justice Department has a duty to step in at the request of the people of the state, to immediately remove a governor for gross neglect, incompetence, or a demonstrated violation of the public trust if they find any of those has occurred. Since the investigation the Governor himself initiated has found that to be the case already, the JD’s job should be pretty easy. It would be a highly neglectful act for the Justice Department to leave such a governor in office an unduly long time, if conditions are such that it would be detrimental and possibly irreversibly and significantly damaging to the state to allow him to remain in office. At the very least, a federal grand jury should be convened to review the investigation results to see if federal charges are warranted.

    Waiting for another election cycle is far too long to allow this man to remain in office.