Successful recall effort against Gov. Snyder would require highly coordinated effort
One hour-long debate took place during the election season, where important issues impacting this state for the next four years, were reduce to sound bites, without details. “My job is to create jobs,” soon to be Gov. Snyder stated, without one proposal on how actually to do so, then.
Still, he was elected. Call it voter fatigue in eight years of leadership under former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat. Regardless, a growing number of Michiganders are coming to a realization that a grave mistake was made in the last election.
Within less than three months since Rick Snyder took office, demanding his version of “Shared Sacrifice,” his approval numbers are worse than former Gov. Granholm’s well into her second term, at 44 percent, according to the latest Detroit Free Press poll.
Snyder’s proposals to cut shared revenue to multiplicities, cities, townships and even public school districts, will impact every citizen, senior, child, private and public sector employee. Basic local community staples services like law enforcement, fire, sewer and water service in the near future, stand a good chance of being cut all together or severally slashed.
Snyder’s fiscal state budget proposals, which would start Oct. 1, along with the recently questionable state based constitutional law on the Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) for local entities, will undoubtedly push many multiplicities and school boards to the brink of bankruptcy.
The Emergency Financial Manager, whom Governor Snyder has the sole power to appoint, can be an individual and/or corporation. Sadly, at the same time, while local public entities are working numbers with shared revenue cuts in order to survive, EFM’s can be paid up to $400,000 a year to nullify a town, school board or entire county.
If you are wondering what happened to our guaranteed rights to elect local public officials with “One Man/Woman - One Vote,“ within the Michigan Constitution; Gov. Snyder with the power of the EFM law has all the power to take it away with a stroke of a pen.
Possibly a majority of Michigan’s voters exist who are worried and in some cases downright upset in the moves of Governor Rick Snyder. The question to be asked is, what they are going to do about it?
Michigan Constitution allows for a recall of all exclusive level elected officials after a six-month “safe haven” period, after being sworn into office. For the governor’s office, a minimum 25 percent of the total number of votes casted in the last gubernatorial election, on Nov. 3, would needed to be gathered within 90 days, to place a referendum on the ballot. Roughly, it would take up to one million certified voters’ signatures make a “will of the people vote” take place to remove Gov. Snyder from office in the next election.
For Gov. Snyder and his fellow elected Republican and/or even Democratic state House and Senate members, the “safe haven period” would end on July 1.
To gather, organize and be successful in collecting up to one million signatures, financing would be necessary. Organizations like unions, non-profits causes, individual wealthy donors, trial lawyers and more, would have to put the boots on the ground; engaging in a marketing campaign informing the public-at-large why they should recall a governor voted into office less than one year ago.
Financing would also be needed to counteract any disinformation campaigns -- that are guaranteed to be formed -- to confuse the electorate.
Recall campaigns can be successful and tried again, if the effort fails. Still disorganization from the outset, is bound to place questions in voters and potential signatories minds, if such a campaign is a waste of time.
Are Michigan voters ready and angry enough? Are large organizations ready to lead and finance a recall effort? Can a grassroots campaign be formed by July 1, 2011? Time will tell. Monica Ross-Williams of Ypsilanti Township is the webmaster and podcast radio host of the Reach Out Job Search News Blog/Radio Show (www.blogtalkradio.com/detjobexaminer). She is also the recording secretary of the community based New West Willow Neighborhood Association.