Shortly after the first protest in Michigan against Governor Whitmer’s draconian lockdown orders that brought an estimated 15,000 protesters to Lansing, MI, a petition to recall the unpopular governor began circulating around on social media. According to MLive, Chad Baase, 39, of Albion started the petition to recall Michigan’s overreaching Governor.
Over 375K signatures were gathered for the recall petition that read:
Recall Governor Whitmer. Her failures during the Covid-19 Corona Virus is causing more Michiganders to get sick. Closing and banning various non-essential businesses and activities while leaving others open. Further promoting the pandemic. She has lied since day one with her #Fixthedamnroads which she has failed to do anything in this regard. The response to #PFAS was negligence and completely removing funding for #PureMichigan clearly shows her lack of anything positive for the State of Michigan.
MLive spoke to Baase, who said Whitmer has destroyed the Michigan economy and violated the civil rights of residents by imposing restrictions on business and recreational activity in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The petition’s language was scheduled to be reviewed Thursday, April 30, by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers via a virtual meeting. However, the governor’s legal counsel took issue with how Whitmer’s office was notified of the petition.
After three tries, the language in Baase’s most recent petition has finally been approved.
According to MLive – The language in a petition to recall Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for the signing of nine of her executive orders during the COVID-19 pandemic has been approved by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers.
Albion resident Chad Baase, 39, was successful in his third attempt at coming up with “clear and factual” language to move forward with the recall petition process. He and his group — the Committee to Recall Governor Gretchen Whitmer — must come up with more than 1 million signatures from registered voters in 60 days or less to trigger a recall election.
“She didn’t put through effective measures with COVID to ensure businesses didn’t have to close their doors,” Baase said. “Some places couldn’t social distance under the federal guidelines, but many businesses could have stayed open with safety guidelines in place and were forced out of work.
The Board of State Canvassers unanimously approved the recall language Monday, June 8, during a virtual meeting. The four-member bipartisan group unanimously approved the language but rejected two other attempts to begin recall petitions, including a second petition to recall Gov. Whitmer and one to recall Attorney General Dana Nessel.
Michigan Conservative Coalition, the group that hosted the first-ever lockdown protest in America has a huge network of grassroots activists who are chomping at the bit to get started with the petition drive. Given the unpopularity of Governor Whitmer, it’s not unlikely that enough signatures could be gathered for her recall.
An actual petition to recall the governor would require language approved by the state board of canvassers for circulation and signatures of well over 700,000 registered Michigan voters to appear on the ballot.