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Posted: Tuesday, 29 April 2014 4:10PM

Decision Likely Thursday On Fate Of Benton Harbor Mayoral Recall



The future of next Tuesday's mayoral recall election in Benton Harbor remains in flux. Judge John Dewane held a two-hour hearing Tuesday morning on the request for a preliminary injunction by Berrien County Clerk Sharon Tyler to at least postpone, if not outright call off, the election due to issues related to the petition signatures.

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Berrien County Corporate Counsel Donna Howard argued more time is needed to to through the 402 signatures that were initially certified by the clerk's office.

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Dewane boiled the case down to this notion.

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The petitions were filed with the clerk's office on January 8th, and all of the signatures had to have been collected within 60 days of that, which Dewane noted would have been November 9. The Michigan State Police Crime Lab has determined some petitions had dates changed from November 7 to November 9, which would invalidate the petitions that were previously certified by the county clerk's office. You may remember Berrien County declared a snow emergency and closed county offices on Monday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 7, which would have prevented those petitions from being submitted within the original 90 day window. Dewane noted this case is separate from criminal proceedings against Ed Pinkney and James Cornelius for alleged election fraud.

   

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