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Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, testifies during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington, D.C. on March 17, 2016.
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A petition drive to recall Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder from office over his handling of the Flint water crisis has begun.

Organizers of the campaign started collecting signatures on Sunday after the state’s Board of State Canvassers had approved the petition, the Associated Press reports.

They need to collect about 790,000 valid signatures from registered Michigan voters within 60 days to get the petition on the ballot in November, according to the news agency.

Flint residents, told by officials it was safe to drink the city’s water, were exposed to high lead levels for over a year. Critics blame Snyder and state agencies he oversaw for allowing contaminated water into Flint homes.


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