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Police investigate process of recall petition for Flint mayor

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Police are investigating the process of the recent petition to recall Flint Mayor Karen Weaver.

The department received several complaints from residents who said they were defrauded during the process, police said.

The reports said the petitioners said they were collecting signatures for support of a grant from the state for water pipe replacement, for the recall of Gov. Rick Snyder, for the recall of President Donald Trump, and the reduction of water rates or other energy costs, police said.

"When the citizen agreed to support these causes, the petitioner flipped the page of signature sheets in an effort to obscure the top of the petition and directed the person to sign a page that was for the mayoral recall," the Flint Police Department said in a press release. 

It is a misdemeanor to collect signatures "through fraud, deceit or misrepresentation."

Police said during the time of the petition to recall Weaver there was also a petition being circulated for support to legalize marijuana. However, police have not been able to confirm petitions for the other complaints.

If you signed a petition for any of the causes listed above you are asked to call Det. Tyrone Booth at 810-237-6924 because you may be a victim of a crime.

The petition to recall Weaver, sponsored by Arthur Woodson, needed to collect 5,750 valid signatures. The city of Flint clerk's office determined there were 5,951 valid signatures.

Weaver can file written challenges within 30 days of the petition filing, the Genesee County clerk's office said. That would be July 30.

However, since July 30 is a Sunday Weaver has until July 31.

Those challenges include the authenticity of a signature or the registration of an elector whose name appears on the petition.

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