Committee To Recall Carl Levin Issues Final Call For First Petition Drive Signatures

The Committee To Recall Carl Levin is winding up its first petition drive with a call for submission of outstanding signatures. The drive started in early July and the 180 day period for gathering signatures expires near the end of December.

(I-Newswire) Suttons Bay, Michigan, December 3, 2012 – The Committee To Recall Carl Levin is winding up its first petition drive with a call for submission of outstanding signatures. The drive started in early July and the 180 day period for gathering signatures expires near the end of December.

Spokesperson Warren Raftshol said: “While this drive has fallen well short of the 500,000 signatures required to demand a recall election, supporters should not be discouraged. A second recall petition will be filed in January 2013. The most important thing is to remind the people, including Senator Levin, that the people do have the power to recall federal legislators who vote in defiance of the popular will.”

The specific conduct complained of in the first petition is that Senator Levin co-authored, and voted for, provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA 2012) which allow the detention without trial or due process of anyone, including American citizens, accused of vaguely defined “terrorist activities” which is an invitation for abuse of power by the executive and military branches of the federal government.

Under Michigan law 168.121 “Persons holding the office of United States senator are subject to recall by the qualified and registered electors of the state as provided in chapter 36 of this act.”

A similar New Jersey law was ruled unconstitutional by the New Jersey Supreme Court in 2010. No Michigan court has yet ruled upon the Michigan statute, however, which dates back to the 1908 Michigan Constitution.

The effort to have Carl Levin removed has been led by Libertarian Senate candidate Scotty Boman of Detroit who ran for office in 2012.

Anyone interested in signing the current petition can print out and sign an official petition at http://committeetorecalcarllevin.com and instructions for submitting the petition are available at that site. Additional information on the petition drive is also available at facebook.com/CommitteeToRecallCarlLevin

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Scotty Boman announces formal start of recall Carl Levin petition drive

-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-
Contacts:
Scotty Boman
(313) 247-2052
scottyboman@hotmail.com

and

Warren Raftshol
(231) 271-5650
raftshol@gmail.com
http://committeetorecallcarllevin.com/2012/06/25/three-easy-steps-to-recall-carl-levin/

Carl Levin recall language passes clarity review. Signature collection to start on July 4th

July, 3rd, 2012

Detroit, MI – Activist are free to begin circulating petitions to recall Senator Carl Milton Levin starting this Independence
Day; their petition language has been deemed clear in the manner described by Section 168.952 of Michigan Election law
which states:

“(3) The board of county election commissioners, not less than 10 days or more than 20 days after submission to it of a
petition for the recall of an officer, shall meet and shall determine whether each reason for the recall stated in the petition
is of sufficient clarity to enable the officer whose recall is sought and the electors to identify the course of conduct that is
the basis for the recall. Failure of the board of county election commissioners to comply with this subsection shall
constitute a determination that each reason for the recall stated in the petition is of sufficient clarity to enable the officer
whose recall is being sought and the electors to identify the course of conduct that is the basis for the recall.”

Notarized certified letters containing the most recent language were signed for on June 11th, and Wayne County Election
Chairman Milton L. Mack acknowledged receiving the language on June 14th in a letter written to the petitions sponsor,
Scott Avery Boman. In the letter Mack wrote that, “…the Wayne County Election Commission will not accept petition
language directed to a United State Senator.” According to Boman, Director of Elections Delphine Oden told him (by
phone on June 22nd) this meant they would not be holding a clarity review hearing. Section 168.121 (United States
senator; recall) reads: “Persons holding the office of United States senator are subject to recall by the qualified and
registered electors of the state as provided in chapter 36 of this act.”

On May 1st the commission held a hearing to review the clarity of previous language and found the prior language to be
unclear. The new approved (by default) petition language reads,

“He co-authored and introduced an amendment regarding detention provisions (Subtitle D Section 1031) to S.1867
(the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012). He voted in favor of the final version (H.R. 1540)
which contained the detention provisions in section 1021.”

Sponsors cite Levin’s pivotal roll in provisions they describe as “de facto martial law,” as their reason to initiate the recall
effort. The recall will require 468,709 signatures. Boman said, “Warren and I can’t do this on our own. We can get this
started with a build-it-and-they-will-come approach. In 2008 1,810,234 people voted against Carl Levin. We need to
have about a quarter of these people sign the petition, and a much smaller portion to step up and be activists.”

Petitions can be downloaded from http://committeetorecallcarllevin.com/2012/06/25/three-easy-steps-to-recall-carl-levin/
County officials also have standard recall petition forms that may be filled out by hand. Co-sponsor Warren Raftshol said,
“We are building an internet campaign via Facebook, and these petitions are legal and official. I invite people to forward
the link to Carl Levin’s Facebook page and tell him they object to NDAA detention.”

Boman said, “Independence Day is the perfect day to launch this effort. The tyranny Levin has brought us with this law
rivals the oppression imposed on the colonists by the British in 1776.”
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three easy steps to recall carl levin

If you are a registered voter in the state of Michigan, you may do the following:

1. Print the petition.
petition image You need 8.5 x 14 legal size paper (use ‘Landscape’ setting). The first page is the front, the second is the instructions on the back. You can make xerox copies of your original copy or else just print more when you want them.

2. Read the instructions, especially if you are not an experienced petition circulator. Most important is that all signers on a sheet should be registered voters (ask them) of the same particular township or city. Also, do not fill in the circulator signature and date until you have gathered all the signatures you care to get. A signature gathered after the circulator signature will invalidate the entire sheet.

3. If you are only casually interested in recalling Carl Levin, you may just want to sign the petition and then sign as circulator. Of course, you could also gather a few signatures of friends and relatives so long as it is correct about location of where the signer is registered to vote. You can then mail your petition to us for forwarding to the Secretary of State at the address below.

If you want to gather signatures from the public at large, we recommend you watch the video below.

Petitions should be mailed to:

Committee To Recall Carl Levin
1865 N West Bay Shore Drive
Suttons Bay, MI 49682

If you would like to be more involved in recalling Carl Levin, visit Committee To Recall Carl Levin on facebook and ‘like’ and share with your friends.

blank recall petition forms available here, now

petition

The petition is 8.5 x 14 legal paper. When printing, you’ll want to “print 1 of 1 ” and then flip the page over and “print 2 of 2” for the back. But I’ll bet you knew that.

You’ll need to find a typewriter to fill in the info, unless you have an application like PDFpen. Here is Scotty Boman’s current petition ready to submit. (Again, sigh)

We have the right to petition. Currently, the Committee To Recall Carl Levin is locked in a war of attrition with the transparent cronyism of the Wayne County Election Commission. Scotty Boman submits perfectly clear petition language which the WCEC rejects on a pretext that it is unclear. Of course, we have the right to appeal, but attorneys cost money, and why should we have to pay? From our point of view, it would be very helpful if other parties would start submitting similar petitions so the WCEC would get tired of holding hearings. Of course, if they failed to hold a hearing within 20 days, the petition would get through and be “live” to circulate.

Another consideration is that the WCEC is required to notify Carl Levin within 24 hours of the language contained in each petition submitted, so if just you’d like to contact Carl “live and direct”, by all means submit a petition to the address on the letterhead here. Send it certified if you are serious, or if you are just airing a grievance then don’t bother. You are more than welcome to borrow this petition, if you like.

Honorable Milton Mack, Jr. exposes himself. . . to public ridicule

The hard evidence indicates that Cathy M. Garrett and Milton L. Mack both received Scotty Boman’s certified letter on May 25, 2012 and not on May 29, 2012 as Mack’s letter above states.

And as far as the State Bureau of Elections goes, Milty, go ahead and refuse the petition. MCL 168.952 says that the petition is presumed clear 20 days after it is submitted to you, whether you like it or not!

Recall Carl Levin – Round 2

May 23, 2012

Dear Wayne County Election Commission :

This letter is a demand for a clarity review hearing as required by Michigan election law (168.952 of MCL Act 116 of 1954). This letter contains the petition language and shall also serve as said submission in the event that you fail to meet in the time period required by the law (168.952 (3)).

Section 168.952 states, “(3) The board of county election commissioners, not less than 10 days or more than 20 days after submission to it of a petition for the recall of an officer, shall meet and shall determine whether each reason for the recall stated in the petition is of sufficient clarity to enable the officer whose recall is sought and the electors to identify the course of conduct that is the basis for the recall. Failure of the board of county election commissioners to comply with this subsection shall constitute a determination that each reason for the recall stated in the petition is of sufficient clarity to enable the officer whose recall is being sought and the electors to identify the course of conduct that is the basis for the recall.”

Background

On May 1st Warren Raftshol and I met with the commission to discuss the following wording for clarity review:
The reason given for the recall (to be printed on the petition) is, “He co-authored and introduced S.1867 (the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012) which provides for the military arrest, and indefinite detention, of U.S. citizens without Constitutional due process (Subtitle D). He voted in favor of the final version (H.R. 1540). In so doing, he violated his oath or affirmation.”

This wording is was rejected by the commission based on the assertion that a portion of it was in some respect similar to language rejected in the case of MOLITOR v. MILLER. Rather than appealing the Commissions ruling, we have chosen to resubmit alternative wording that removes language that may have been viewed by the Commission as overly conclusory.

The last sentence of 168.952 (6) reads: “This subsection does not prohibit a person from resubmitting a recall petition for a determination of sufficient clarity under this section.”

    New proposed wording:

“He co-authored and introduced an amendment regarding detention provisions (Subtitle D Section 1031) to S.1867 (the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012). He voted in favor of the final version (H.R. 1540) which contained the detention provisions in section 1021.”

A co-sponsor for this petition is:
Warren Raftshol
(231) 271-5650
raftshol@gmail.com

Sincerely,

Scott Avery Boman
4877 Balfour Rd.
Detroit, MI 48224

Witnessed: ________________________________________________________________________________

CC: The Honorable Milton L. Mack, Jr., Chair. The Honorable Cathy M. Garrett, Secretary to the Commission.
The Honorable Raymond J. Wojtowicz, Member

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Scotty Boman prepares to submit second recall petition

The first hearing on May 1, 2012, before the Wayne County Election Commission, although it did not result in approval of the petition language, was a partial success because it

  • isolated the language that needed clarification;
  • avoided the distraction which Levin’s attorney improperly tried to introduce by way of constitutional challenges which the Election Commission lacks jurisdiction to hear;
  • bought some time for the internet campaign to grow.
  • This last point is important because around 500,000 signatures of registered Michigan voters need to be collected within a 180 day time frame in order to hold a special recall election. The basic strategy at this point (unless large money donations start to pour in) will be to scan the petition and post the scan online at this site so that those wishing to can sign as both petitioner and circulator and possibly at the same time gather signatures from friends and relatives.

    Undismayed after the first hearing, Scotty Boman said

    “The properly conducted hearing was an important first step in the recall process. Now that the officials recognize the application of Michigan law to a Federal officer, we may move forward and submit alternative wording that is undeniably clear to all concerned.”