Affirmative Action Ballot Measure Still Hotly Debated

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A proposal that would end some affirmative action programs in Michigan has fueled debate over state laws governing how ballot issues are represented to the public.

Critics of the state's election system say the law is weak and doesn't do enough to protect voters from possible misrepresentation of a ballot proposal's intent.

But supporters say the current system works and voters who endorse petitions to place an issue on the ballot have a responsibility to know what they're signing.

Critics of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative claim that some voters were tricked into signing petitions they thought would protect affirmative action.

MCRI denies the allegations and says its ballot campaign set the standard for petition drives in its compliance with Michigan law.

The group says critics have raised baseless allegations to keep the measure off the ballot.

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