Ballot Challenge to Emergency Financial Manager Fails

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An elections board isn't putting a measure that would repeal Michigan's sweeping emergency mangers law on the November ballot.

The four-member State Board of Canvassers met Thursday to decide whether to send the issue to voters. It split its vote 2-2 along party lines. The tie means the measure doesn't get on the ballot.

Elections Director Chris Thomas says the group supporting repeal had submitted enough signatures to get the issue before the voters.

But the board couldn't agree on the validity of a challenge to the measure from a group that said the petitions weren't legal because the heading was printed in a smaller type size than required.

Repeal supporters may go to court to try to still get the measure on the ballot this fall.

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