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State elections bureau tosses Rep. Larry Inman recall petitions because of typos


The state Bureau of Elections has tossed out petitions and thousands of signatures seeking a recall election against state Representative Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg). The decision is based on two typos on the petition form.

The elections bureau says the language on the petition does not exactly match the language that was approved by a state board – and that the law says close is not good enough. The most significant difference is the omission of one word from the federal charges filed against Inman.

The chair of the recall campaign says the decision is “disappointing” and the group is assessing its options. Larry Inman is about to go on trial on charges of bribery, extortion and lying to federal investigators.

The state elections director says the recall campaign can challenge the decision in court, but the challenge must be wrapped up by January 10. That’s the deadline for finalizing the ballot prior to the March 10 election.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.