JACKSON, MI (WILX) - Jackson City Councilmember Jeromy Alexander suggested tabling the discussion on what he calls "motives to manipulate an upcoming election" during Tuesday night's city council meeting.
The decision was made after council members met for 7 hours Tuesday before leaving Jackson City Hall around 1:30 a.m .Wednesday.
City officials say the petitions were declared invalid because they were not notarized before being submitted.
Alexander, by bringing the issue to the council, wants an open dialogue on the issue.
"This isn't something that should be dealt with privately," says Alexander.
"If there is an issue with the petitions, it should be said publicly. If there is a solution now to the petitions, again it should be dealt with publicly. Something like this just can't be held behind closed doors," added the Councilmember.
Cindy Eby, the person in the center of this issue said Tuesday night, "I wasn't put on the ballot because of an error that was made and it didn't have to blow up into a big thing they could have corrected the error by discarding three deficient petitions, petition sheets. Instead they discarded all my petitions and the whole filing they discarded which is not consistent with state law."
Eby has appealed the city's decision with the Michigan Secretary of State.
She is waiting on a response.
Alexander did not give a reason before suggesting Jackson City Council table the discussion. The council approved postponing the discussion until an upcoming meeting on May 28.
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