Advance Notice: Briefs

Court of Appeals denies appeal in Inman recall effort

By: - December 20, 2019 3:52 pm

Rep. Larry Inman outside the courthouse on day one of his trial, Dec. 3, 2019 | Nick Manes

The state Court of Appeals has denied an appeal request from a Traverse City-area group trying to recall state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg), who last week was granted a mistrial on corruption charges and found not guilty of lying to the FBI.

The group had submitted the necessary signatures for the recall effort, but their petition contained typos leading the Secretary of State to invalidate the signatures. The group filed its appeal in early December. 

The three judge panel ruled 2-1 against the appeals request on Friday.

In the order, the judges wrote that “the reasons for recall stated on the printed ballots are different from the reasons approved by the Board of State Canvassers, so defendants [the Secretary of State] did not err by not counting the signatures on those ballots.” 

The recallers have argued that the typos on the ballots did nothing to change the substance of the petition and amounted to “human error.” 

A message left seeking comment from an attorney for the recall effort was not immediately returned on Friday afternoon.

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Nick Manes
Nick Manes

Nick Manes is a former Michigan Advance reporter, covering West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels.