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Election 2012

November 6, 2012

SOS: TCAPS has 15 days to respond to complaint

Filing last month says district used improper language

TRAVERSE CITY — The Michigan Secretary of State's Office informed Traverse City Area Public Schools this week of its right to respond to an election complaint alleging TCAPS violated campaign finance law.

A complaint filed last month by Grand Traverse County resident Jason Gillman said TCAPS used improper language in a mailing sent to taxpayers about a $100 million bond proposal on this year's ballot.

The Secretary of State notified TCAPS Monday that if it chooses to respond in writing to the complaint, it has 15 days to do so.

"It is important to understand that the department is neither making this complaint nor accepting the allegations as true," Bureau of Elections official Lori A. Bourbonais wrote in a letter to TCAPS Superintendent Stephen Cousins.

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