The recall effort against State Rep. Paul Scott, 51st District (R-Grand Blanc) is not likely to appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Clinton Canady granted Scott an injunction Thursday, after Scott's claim that state election workers accepted signatures for the recall prematurely. The hearing is a response to a ruling made by the court of appeals on Oct. 6, which sent the case back to the lower courts.
The recall against Scott will now go to the appellate court. It is unlikely that the appellate courts will make a ruling before the Nov. 8 election.
"Judge Canady's feeling is that the appellate court hearing will be after November," said legislative aid Nathalie Iden. "If Scott loses the appellate hearing, the recall will probably show up on a February ballot."
Genesee County has already spent $30,000 to $40,000 on ballots for the Nov. 8 election. Ballots were delivered to municipal clerks on Sept. 3, which, as of Thursday, included the Scott recall. Absentee Ballots have already been mailed and included the recall question.
For ballots of the voters in the 51st District, election workers will fill in both the "yes" and "no" on the Scott recall portion of the ballot. Precincts that had no other issues on the Nov. 8 ballot will not have to vote and the county will not print new ballots. Voters will be notified at the polls that Scott's recall will not be a part of the ballot.
The Michigan Education Association (MEA) is a driving force behind Scott's recall, citing changes in tenure, school funding and teachers' collective bargaining rights as influences for the recall effort. As chairperson of the House Education Committee, Scott has been a major influence in education reform in Michigan.
Despite the injunction, the MEA is still campaigning against lawmakers. According to reports, the MEA has spent $500,000 on statewide ads targeting Republicans. The MEA spent $25,000 in the 51st District on recall efforts against Scott.
"I'm happy that the democratic process fought for the will of the voters in my district, who voted overwhelmingly for me in the last election," Scott said. "The voter's voice was upheld in the courts Thursday."
Scott said that he isn't sure how much further the recall will go beyond the Nov. 8 election. For now, he is focusing on his job and not the recall.
"I'm looking to get back to work and move our state forward. I'm focused on doing the job I was elected to do."
The MEA did not return calls for comment prior to press time.