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Petition to recall Gov. Whitmer can move forward

Whitmer speaking at a podium
State of Michigan
The Board of State Canvassers approved petition langugage Monday to recall Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, pictured here at a press conference in June.

An effort to recall Governor Gretchen Whitmer can proceed, but it'll be an uphill climb to get enough signatures to get the recall effort on the ballot.

The bipartisan Board of State Canvassers unanimously approved the petition language Monday.

Albion resident Chad Baase is behind the petition.

He's pushing to recall Governor Whitmer because of an executive order she signed in March that had temporally suspended non-essential businesses and activities. The petition lists eight other executive orders signed during the COVID-19 pandemic that Baase says are illegal.

Baase's group, theCommittee to Recall Governor Gretchen Whitmer, only has 60 days to collect 1 million signatures to get the recall effort on the ballot.

Whitmer's campaign team called the petition a, "baseless partisan attack,” and said in a statement that she'll fight the petition aggressively while, "staying focused on protecting Michigan families from the spread of COVID-19.”

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Lauren Talley is Michigan Radio’s Morning Edition producer. She produces and edits studio interviews and feature stories, and helps manage the “Mornings in Michigan” series. Lauren also serves as the lead substitute host for Morning Edition.
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