State Rep. Paul Scott concedes defeat, first Michigan legislator removed from office since 1983

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Michigan House Rep. Paul Scott
(R-Grand Blanc) recall race is
to close to call

The effort to Recall Michigan House Representative Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) appears to be coming down to the wire and is too close to call. As of 11:05 PM EST, the Genesee County Clerk is reporting the following results:

STATE REP RECALL, 51ST DIST-PAUL SCOTT
VOTE FOR 1
(WITH 29 OF 35 PRECINCTS COUNTED 82.86%)
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,361 49.21
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,693 50.79
Total . . . . . . . . . 21,054
Over Votes . . . . . . . . . 10
Under Votes . . . . . . . . . 88
Interestingly enough, around 10:41 PM EST the tally vote in this heavily contested recall race disappeared, literally off of the Genesee County unofficial tally website. It is unknown why the results were unavailable for about four minutes between 10:45 PM .

Results of the Rep. Paul Scott recall race at 10:41 PM EST
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Results at of the State Representative Paul Scott (R) race at 10:39 PM EST

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As of 11:14 PM the vote tally is still frozen as with ROJS-R initial update on this Recall race at 11:05 PM:

SUMMARY REPORT        2011 GENERAL ELECTION            UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
RUN DATE:11/08/11 GENESEE COUNTY, MICHIGAN
RUN TIME:11:14 PM NOVEMBER 8, 2011

VOTES PERCENT

PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 147). . . . . 140 95.24
REGISTERED VOTERS - TOTAL . . . . . 247,059
BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL. . . . . . . 50,255
VOTER TURNOUT - TOTAL . . . . . . 20.34

          STATE REP RECALL, 51ST DIST-PAUL SCOTT
VOTE FOR 1
(WITH 29 OF 35 PRECINCTS COUNTED 82.86%)
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,361 49.21
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,693 50.79
Total . . . . . . . . . 21,054
Over Votes . . . . . . . . . 10
Under Votes . . . . . . . . . 88

It unknown if the race, which is within 332 votes will be called this evening. A review of state recount procedures, updated by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson (R) on May 21, 2011, leaves more questions than answers on if a recount can requested in a recall election race.

Recounts Conducted Under Authority of Board of State Canvassers


AUTHORITY:  The Board of State Canvassers is responsible for conducting recounts for: 
 Statewide offices. 
 U.S. Representative in Congress, State Senator and State Representative. 
 Judicial offices (except Probate Judge in single county districts and Municipal Court Judge). 
 Statewide ballot proposals. 


PREPARATION OF RECOUNT PETITION:  A person who wishes to obtain a recount must 
submit a written, notarized statement which specifies the office or question involved; alleges that 
the canvass of the votes cast for the office or on the question is incorrect due to fraud or mistake; 
and identifies the precincts in which a recount of the votes cast is desired.  A recount request for 
an office must be submitted by a candidate who sought the office involved; a recount request for 
a statewide proposal can be submitted by any Michigan elector.  (MCL 168.879; 168.880)


SUBMISSION OF RECOUNT PETITION AND DEPOSIT:  A petition for a recount which 
will be conducted under the authority of the Board of State Canvassers is filed with the Secretary 
of State.  If the recount involves a U.S. House District, State Senate District or State House 
District that is wholly contained within a single county, the petition must be submitted no later 
than 48 hours “following the adjournment” of the meeting convened by the Board of State 
Canvassers to certify the election.  For any other office, the petition must be submitted no later 
than 48 hours “following the completion of the canvass” of the election.

Recounts Conducted Under Authority of Board of State Canvassers
AUTHORITY:  The Board of State Canvassers is responsible for conducting recounts for: 
 Statewide offices. 
 U.S. Representative in Congress, State Senator and State Representative. 
 Judicial offices (except Probate Judge in single county districts and Municipal Court Judge). 
 Statewide ballot proposals. 


PREPARATION OF RECOUNT PETITION:  A person who wishes to obtain a recount must 
submit a written, notarized statement which specifies the office or question involved; alleges that 
the canvass of the votes cast for the office or on the question is incorrect due to fraud or mistake; 
and identifies the precincts in which a recount of the votes cast is desired.  A recount request for 
an office must be submitted by a candidate who sought the office involved; a recount request for 
a statewide proposal can be submitted by any Michigan elector.  (MCL 168.879; 168.880)


We will continue to update the results of the State Representative Paul Scott recall vote results, as conditions warrant.


Update at 11:40 PM:


If this update from former candidate for Republican National Committee chair Saul Anuzis is correct, the people of the Grand Blanc community have defeated Michigan House Rep. Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc), in their effort to remove him from his current position.

Unofficial results indicate that Rep. Paul Scott has been recalled, 12,358 (50.5%) to 12,126 (49.5%), a 232 vote margin. –Saulius Saul Anuzis

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Update at 11:58 PM EST:


The Detroit News has reported that Michigan House Representative Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) have officially conceded the recall race against him.

“State Rep. Paul Scott, R-Grand Blanc, became the first state legislator to be recalled in a generation after he conceded defeat in a recall election today.The recall was backed by the Michigan Education Association,” the Detroit News reported.

“Election turnout was high across Scott’s district, which covers much of south Genesee County, but appeared to be especially strong in union strongholds near the City of Flint where the vote counts were delayed.”

Rep. Paul Scott is the Michigan legislator to be recalled out of office since 1983. 

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