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Provisional victory for Michigan's organized labor as state Rep. Paul Scott recall election, approved for November election

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State House Rep. Paul Scott (R) is
one of the first Republican state
House or Senate elected officials
to now face a recall election, Nov. 2011
since 1983.

Let the recall elections began. A Michigan's state based unionized effort to rid the state of one of the 29 Republicans House Legislators facing recall petition signature or clarity language hearings, has succeed in their efforts for one elected official.

The Lansing State Journal reported September 10th, Michigan election officials ruled that a recall petition filed against Republican state Rep. Paul Scott (R-District 51-Grand Blanc) has received enough valid registered voters signatures to put the recall on the November 1, 2011 statewide ballot.

Rep. Scott, who is pursuing a district court case in Genesee County against the recall election, cites that the petition language isn’t clear and the signatures on those petitions shouldn’t have been accepted by the Secretary of State (SOS) officials, until a final determination on clarity is made.

The Secretary of State office is headed by former Oakland County Clerk, Ruth Johnson (R).

Despite Rep. Scott’s claims, SOS elections officials have noted that the recall petitions contained more than 11,000 valid signatures or, more than the 25% of registered voters who participated in the last general vote, which meets the state law requirement to force a recall election.

The state’s largest teachers union, Michigan Education Association, has for now, won  provisional key victory. Rep. Scott was targeted for recall due to his votes that played a key role in changing the state’s teacher tenure changing policies.

A Michigan state lawmaker hasn’t successfully been recalled since 1983, but up to 28 other Republican Legislators and Governor Rick Snyder (R) is in the middle of recall petition signature clarity periods or targeted for Petition Language Clarity Hearings before County Election Commission Boards.

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