From today’s Detroit News:
The Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a proposal onto the Nov. 8 ballot that seeks to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution, a highly charged issue that political experts said would affect the election.
The high court on Thursday overruled a deadlocked Board of State Canvassers and ordered the four-member panel to certify the ballot proposal as Prop 3 for the Nov. 8 ballot, discarding arguments that spacing issues in the petition initiative were enough to disqualify the measure.
The high court also ruled the Board of State Canvassers should do the same for a voting rights proposal seeking, among other things, to allow for nine days of early voting in Michigan. Canvassers had deadlocked over a challenge accusing the ballot committee of failing to list all of the impacted areas of the Michigan Constitution on its petition.
The Michigan Board of State Canvassers is scheduled to meet Friday, when the board members are likely to vote to certify the petitions for the November ballot to comply with the high court order.
The canvassers’ duty is limited to assessing the petition’s form, content and signatures, the court said. In the case of the abortion petition, Reproductive Freedom for All, all words are present and in order and in 8-point font as required by law, according to the court’s order.
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