Letter sent out to Captains and Volunteers
By Lora Trezil
Recall Rick Snyder County Captains,
We have all journeyed down the long road to free this State from leadership that is not acting in the best interest of Michigan’s general population. The level of dedication to this endeavor has been outstanding. We all are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with and meet so many great people.
We have asked for a count numerous times. The dedicated volunteers deserve to know, as do dedicated and trustworthy County Captains. We are very sorry that this information is not coming from the administrator’s as it should be, but it has become apparent that there is no intentions to release the truth to those that deserve to know the facts. We could no longer in good conscious keep this information for the people we have all grown to respect.
The total numbers of signatures collected that are currently valid were tabulated Sept. 18, 2011. This count was to include every single petition that had been received up until that date.
The total was 179,417. This number does not include aged out signatures and those that were still in the possession of the volunteers at that time.
Additionally, it has been brought to our attention and confirmed by other volunteers, that there was never an original count done. The number that was released July 30, 2011 was an estimate, not an actual count.
In reality there were many, many more than 10,000-13,000 collected in May and June. Best guess estimates, based on the information we have is at least 150,000 signatures were collected in May and June. This number cannot be confirmed as aged out petitions have now been dispersed throughout the State. However, 23,572 signatures from June 25-June 30 ALONE, signatures were counted.
The committee or the person(s) on the committee has been keeping this information secret for a very long time. We have been asked to string our volunteers along and keep them collecting, despite the lack of information and transparency, based on false information. We trusted in the committee to make the best choices possible and that trust has been violated.
Many of us have explained to potential signers that this information would ONLY be used for this recall. The robocalls were telling people otherwise. Now it has become apparent that the committee intends to use this information for future endeavors. Numerous teachers and other public workers who signed the petitions understood that if they were submitted the information could be accessed according to the FOIA, but felt that risk was worth it if the recall could be successful. Now circulators and signers must question what the committee’s intent is in keep this information for future endeavors.
In light of the fact the committee has never been in the favor of full disclosure, we cannot allow the petitions to be used in any other manner than what was originally intended. We must do our due diligence to protect the privacy of the circulators and signers, who we in fact, per the committee, told their information, would not be used for any other purpose other than this recall.
We have come a long way and built a strong and viable network to make positive changes for our State. Many of us plan to keep doing just that, we will fight for this State, for the middle class, and for our neighbors, friends and family. Furthermore, we can do so with transparency, democratic values and the respect that each and every one of us deserves. And we can do so with people that we trust and that trust us. This is what democracy looks like!
Thanks for you outstanding level of dedication. We are blessed to have made so many friends along the way.
Former Oakland County Captain for the Recall of Rick Snyder