Recount requested for Meridian Twp. recreational marijuana initiativePosted by On

People vote at the Merdian Township Town Hall, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, in Meridian Township.

MERIDIAN TWP. — The future of recreational marijuana establishments in Meridian Township might be a little hazier after a recount was requested for a proposal that recently passed to allow them in the township.

On Tuesday, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum said Carla Galligan had filed the request asking for the recount for the August primary vote. The recount is for all 44 of the township’s precincts, 22 in-person and 22 absentee.

The proposal that allows the establishment of marijuana businesses in the township passed by a narrow margin, 14 votes. The unofficial results for the proposal were 6,145 yes votes to prohibit marijuana businesses and 6,159 no votes to defeat the proposal and allow recreational marijuana establishments in the township.

Galligan, who is listed as an Okemos resident in public records, was not immediately available for comment.

Byrum said Galligan had to pay $25 per precinct for 44 precincts, a total of $1,100.

The sign outside the Meridian Township Municipal Building photographed on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, in Okemos.

However, that will not cover the costs of the recount, which Byrum estimated to be about $13,000 between paying 44 people to recount, four canvassers, a sheriff’s office deputy and food.

Ingham County will conduct the recount and Meridian Township will reimburse the county, Byrum said.

She said the board of canvassers will potentially certify the election results on Friday. If that happens the recount could happen in early September.

Byrum said she doubts the vote results will change with the recount due to the voting machines’…

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