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Elections Division Rejects Troy Mayor's Petition Challenge

Troy Mayor Janice Daniels contested the petitions based on "type size."

The Oakland County Elections Division recently rejected Troy Mayor Janice Daniels' attempt to challenge the validity of the , refuting her claims that the "type size" used in the petitions invalidates the petitions and the signatures.

"On June 18th, our office concluded a preliminary review of the petitions and determined that the petitions are in proper form and that they can contain in excess of the minimum number of signatures required to begin examining for genuineness of registration and signature," Director of Elections Joe Rozell wrote in a June 20 letter to Daniels.

Rozell also cited the Michigan law regulating the font size on petitions, which states the "name, address, and party affiliation of the candidate and the ofice for which petitions are signed shall be printed in type not larger than 24-point."

"As you have identified, these font sizes are 12 and 10 point type, which are in compliance with MCL 168.544c," Rozell wrote.

He added, "Even if there was an error in the petition formatting, the time to challenge the recall petition has passed."

“It looks like she’s trying to short circuit the recall on a technicality," Recall Janice Daniels founder Matt Binkowski said Monday morning.

"In bringing a challenge to the petitions based on font size, Mayor Daniels clearly demonstrated that she is ignoring the will and hard work of the people of Troy," read a statement released Monday afternoon by Recall Janice Daniels.

“I’m not going to discuss strategy at this point,” Daniels said, refusing further comment Monday afternoon.

The Oakland County Elections Division "should probably know on Thursday" how many signatures are valid, Rozell said.

Daniels has 30 days to contest the signatures. If at least 7,985 of the 9,300 signatures submitted by the political action committee Recall Janice Daniels on June 12 are determined to be valid, the recall language will be placed on the Nov. 6 ballot in Troy.

"It would be a yes or no question," Troy City Clerk Aileen Bittner said. “The law says that if there are more yes votes than no votes, that’s it.”

Bittner said what would happen next, if the mayor is recalled, is tricky.

“According to the charter, in the absence of the mayor, the mayor pro tem assumes responsibilities. Beyond that, the city attorney and I would need to do an analysis to determine what would happen next.”

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Daniels first came under fire in December for her  and has remained the center of controversy after  (a  was later approved), telling the  Gay-Straight Alliance she would bring in an expert to tell them  and writing a lengthy position paper some viewed as .

For comprehensive coverage of the recall effort, visit the Troy Mayor Janice Daniels topic page. For the latest Troy news and information, follow Troy Patch on Facebook and Twitter.

Ron Butterbaugh June 25, 2012 at 11:45 PM
CC -- Thanks for exposing Dr. Ralph Quane. As a member of the Recall Janice Daniels team, I can confirm that he is not part of the Recall efforts. While he is a registered voter in Troy, he did not sign the Recall Petition. As you said, anyone wanting to consider his comments should definately google his name. My guess is that even Mayor Daniels does not want him on her team. Certainly, the Recall team does not want him. Nothing more needs to be said.
Jeff June 26, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Janice Daniels' Playbook = 'Deceit & Deceive'
Linda June 26, 2012 at 01:12 AM
I suspect Janice will be doing double duty in the months leading up to November to try to do some damage control. I also suspect she will cause more damage in that time as well.
Dale Murrish June 26, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Maybe she's just trying to avoid spending time and effort raising thousands of dollars to defend herself in an extra political campaign. You can hardly blame her for trying.
Jeff S. June 26, 2012 at 02:25 AM
First of all, there's no requirement for Janice to raise or spend any money for the recall. In fact, if she's such a great mayor, she shouldn't have to do anything. But despite what you say, I CAN blame her for trying to prevent the 9000+ petition signers from exercising their constitutional right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Chris P. June 26, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Dale, really? You would be ok with the petitions being thrown out because of font size?
Jen Anesi (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 02:38 AM
A comment from "Dr. Ralph Quane" was deleted for violating Patch's Terms of Use.
G.T. June 26, 2012 at 02:52 AM
The circulators of the petition cannot do whatever they want. They must follow state law. Rozell has made some incorrect statements in his response. The time to challenge form has clearly not passed. Only the time to challenge the reasons for recall has passed.
Dale Murrish June 26, 2012 at 03:37 AM
I objected because of the inaccuracies and half-truths in the claims, but current election law does not require truth in claims, merely clarity in wording. http://troy.patch.com/blog_posts/election-nullifiers-to-circulate-misleading-petition Really, Mayor Daniels is supposed to stand mute amid the firestorm of biased criticism and piling on by the media? She can survive this without raising any money to defend herself? Quite unlikely.
Linda June 26, 2012 at 04:57 AM
You know more than the Director of Elections? Really, if font size were an issue, common sense shows you that it should have been raised when the petitions were submitted for clarity.
Linda June 26, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Where do you see inaccuracies and half-truths? I am tired of all of this blatant misleading information. She should resign and save the city and herself further embarrassment and save herself money.
Chris P. June 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Mr. Murrish, your unequivocal support of the queen of biased criticism and half truths is baffling. One of the loudest and most vocal speakers of misinformation was Janice before she ran for Mayor. Strange how quiet she was during the budget study sessions after becoming Mayor. Perhaps because she finally recognized she never understood things properly. Her attack in January was wrong on multiple levels and, honestly, if there is anything everyone across the political spectrum should agree on it's this: she willfully created a hostile work environment and that was a significant failure of leadership. Mr. Szerlag's response to her attack speaks volumes. http://troy.patch.com/articles/city-manager-slams-inaccuracies-in-troy-mayor-s-position-paper That he even had to do so is a waste of my tax dollars. That he left and now we have to pay more for the next city manager (on top of paying for the search itself) is further waste of my tax dollars. (And please don't tell me he would have left anyway. From what I understand, that is not true.)
Jeff S. June 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Well, you've certainly convinced me! JANICE DANIELS FOREVER!
Jeff S. June 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM
C'mon, Linda! If Janice had raised the issue when the petitions were submitted, then she couldn't demoralize the volunteers who worked so hard for three months! Doing things in a straight-up fashion is honorable and politics is no place for an honorable person. Janice has shown that she's a pure politician, through and through.
Jen Anesi (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM
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Sue Martin June 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Thanks for monitoring this so well, Jen! :)
Daffy Noodnicks June 26, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Dale: Your rehashing of your own inaccuracies and half truths aside, I believe the question was: would it have been ok with you if the petition was thrown out because of a technicality?
Bob June 26, 2012 at 03:24 PM
You miss the point as badly as she does. Don't try to turn this into a republican - democrat issue or you will start to look like our dysfunctional state legislature.
Daffy Noodnicks June 26, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Dale: Could you please clarify what this "piling on by the media" you are referring to is? Is it reporting the things she goes on the radio and speaks?
Dale Murrish June 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Matt/Daffy, why don’t you come to Thursday’s USA Melting Pot meeting at the Troy Public Library, 7-9 p.m.? Topics are India’s culture and canoeing; then there will be Table Time for conversation. I can explain it in ten minutes of face to face conversation. It will take me a couple of hours to write an article about media bias, and it may be a month or two before I get to it. http://troy.patch.com/blog_posts/usa-melting-pot-first-meeting
Daffy Noodnicks June 27, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Dale: Thank you for the invitation. I'm busy Thursday.
Sue Martin June 27, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Dale, you are dodging the question. You said the media is "piling on." Daffy references that they are merely reporting what Daniels says/does herself that is ON PUBLIC RECORD. It wouldn't take hours to defend your statement. It would take hours to create a scenario where what's happening is more than simply shining light on Daniels' ineptitude, insensitivity, and propensity to stick her foot back in her mouth where it appears to want to live.
Daffy Noodnicks June 27, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Dale: I was also kind of wondering if you were going to answer if you thought it would have been ok if the petition were thrown out because of "font size" or some such. I think it was an effort to circumvent the constitutional rights of around 9,300 Troy voters.
JS June 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM
I GIVE TROY, MICHIGAN, Mayor Janice Daniels allot of credit for keep her focus On DOING POSITIVE ACTIONS FOR THE CITY OF TROY. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, MAYOR JANICE DANIELS. [ I have EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE THIS ] .DON'T BE SIDE TRACK BY A FEW LOOSER. SOME MIGIT MINED GAYS WANT YOU TO BELIEVE THEIR LIFE STYLE IS NORMAL, ANYBODY WITH HALF A BRAIN WOULD KNOW IT SEXUIAL ADITUDE. YOU ARE BORN WITH A MINE TO CHOICE YOUR WAY IN LIFE UNFORTIONALLY PEOPLE MAKE BAD CHOISES IN THEIR LIFE STYLE. PERSONALLY BEING GAY IS ONE OF THE BAD CHOISES... AND THAT’S MY CHOICE. GAYS ARE BRING THEIR PERSONAL CHOISES INTO OUR PUBLIC LIFE, YOU PEOPLE NEED TO GROW-UP AND GET A REAL LIFE. GAYS ARE LIVING IN A FANICY WORLD, AND WANT EVERYONE TO BELIEVE its NORMAL. IT’S NOT NORMAL, ITS SEX DRIVEN. SOME PEOPLE KNOWINGLY DOING AND/OR SAYING WRONG THINGS FOR A LONG TIME AND START TO BELTEVE WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND/OR SAYING IS TRUE, DO YOU GET-IT YET.
Abbey June 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM
JS, I love when someone like you comes out in support of Janice Daniels. If this is the kind of person she's surrounded by, the recall people are doing the right thing.
Jeff S. June 28, 2012 at 12:45 PM
I guess when Jen deleted your previous comment, you didn't get the clue. You might want to work on your spelling a bit before you go off half-cocked about "ANYBODY WITH HALF A BRAIN..."
Glenn June 28, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I'm not positive, but I believe a "MIGIT" is a person who does not possess "allot" of height. "UNFORTIONALLY" they are a small "MINED" people. They apparently live in a "FANICY WORLD" and make bad "CHOISES" because of their "SEXUIAL ADITUDE."
Jeff S. June 28, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I wish I was born with a MINE. A gold mine would be fine with me. Heck, I'd even take a nice copper mine!
Eva June 28, 2012 at 07:32 PM
That post by JS has got to be a joke, right? No one could be that ..... well I guess maybe they could.
Sharon MacDonell June 30, 2012 at 12:47 AM
True.

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