Fri. Apr 12th, 2024

From today’s Detroit News:

A ballot committee seeking to enshrine the right to abortion in the Michigan Constitution turned in 753,759 signatures Monday, a record amount that exceeds the state-mandated signature tally by more than 300,000. 

A second ballot committee seeking to expand voting rights in the state constitution to include early in-person voting and late ballots from overseas military also exceeded the state’s past signature record. On Monday, it collected and turned in 669,972 signatures. 

The state Bureau of Elections in the coming weeks will review the validity of the Reproductive Freedom for All and Promote the Vote 2022 signatures to ensure the initiative has the required 425,059 signatures to appear on the November ballot. Based on its findings, the bureau will make a recommendation to the Board of State Canvassers for or against certification for the ballot. 

The deadline for certification for the November ballot is Sept. 9, but organizers contend the Michigan Bureau of Elections will likely make recommendations earlier and perhaps consider certifications at Board of State Canvassers meetings in August, said Steven Liedel, an attorney for the Reproductive Freedom for All initiative. 

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By Editor