The campaign to recall Governor Rick Snyder acknowledges it will fall short of the number of signatures it needs to gather by Friday to qualify for the November ballot, but organizers say they will press on in an effort to qualify for the next election in February.
A recall spokesman says the drive got off to a slow start, and did not attract much attention until recently. So far, volunteers have collected about 300,000 names, they say.
Snyder is struggling for approval these days, but it's very hard to recall a statewide elected official.
"It's not only hard, it's almost impossible," says Bill Ballenger, editor of the Inside Michigan Politics newsletter. He says it would require more than 800,000 valid signatures.
"You really have to have some padding because obviously Republicans and lawyers are going to challenge the petitions when they're turned in. Some will be thrown out. So, realistically, you'd have to have, I say, over a million signatures," he says.
The recall drive says its new goal is to gather a million names by late September.
There are also petitions being circulated to recall more than 20 legislators. Ballenger says if one of those gets on the ballot, it would be a referendum on Snyder.