On September 13, 2011, a vacancy occurred in the office of County Commissioner in Missaukee County, Michigan, less than nine months into a two-year elected term.From then until January 1, 2013, the voters of Missaukee County Commission District 3 have been denied their legal right to elected representation.
Michigan law requires that a special election be called to fill a vacancy in the office of County Commissioner when such vacancy occurs in an odd numbered year, even when a temporary appointment is made to fill such vacancy.In this case, no special election was ever called despite the opportunity to schedule it concurrent with the February 28, 2012 Presidential Primary Election, at no additional cost to Missaukee County taxpayers.
Sadly, Missaukee County's Chief Elections Officer, Republican County Clerk Carolyn Flore, has a history of such election law violations including the illegal certification of the Primary Election in August of 2010.
On August 20, 2012, a formal request was made to Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's office for a formal inquiry into the failure to schedule the special election.Johnson's staff repeatedly acknowledged said request and made assurances that a formal investigation into the matter was conducted.
On November 7, 2012, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, Johnson's office claimed no knowledge of any such investigation and stated in a letter that "the Department does not possess public records" of the inquiry into this matter.
Therefore, an online petition has been started requesting that Michigan's Republican Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson, conduct a complete, timely, and transparent investigation into this entire matter, making the results available to the public and the media.Further, it is requested that Michigan's Republican Attorney General, Bill Schuette, ensure that appropriate and necessary legal action will be taken against those responsible for denying citizens their fundamental right to elected representation, and against those who may have violated the Freedom of Information Act.
Franklin Roosevelt once said, "Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they could do this is by not voting."In Missaukee County, the taxpayers of the 3rd County Commission District were not even given the choice.
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