Ballot Challenge to Emergency Financial Manager Fails

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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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  • by Non_Anon Location: Michigan on Apr 30, 2012 at 08:09 AM
    It was reported on MSNBC that one of the Republican members of the Board of Elections also serves on the board of the group that challenged the font size. Ever heard of conflict of interest? More than enough people signed the petition to put it on the ballot. Most people, before they sign a legal document, take the time to read it. If they could obviously read it, what does it matter if the font size was 1/72 of an inch too small?
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      by Anonymous on Apr 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM in reply to Non_Anon
      Name of the board member. Until you can say who, it is only hearsay.
  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Apr 28, 2012 at 01:43 PM
    Something has to give! The "good ole' boys" network is what got us into this mess. Too many paybacks and back room deals that were unaffordable, were approved with no way to pay for them. (Other than borrowing or attempting to get millages passed) So now it's time to bite the bullet and adjust staffing, wages and benefits to a realistic level. The financial manager has the power to do these things to get these costs reined in and adopt realistic governmental costs. Thank you. Ricardo
  • by Reality Location: Lansing on Apr 27, 2012 at 06:11 AM
    They complain about their elected repersentitives being replaced. Those are the people that got them in the mess in the first place. Some one needs to fix it.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM
    If they were afraid it would not fail, they should have made the font larger. I have been asked to sign it several times, I did and I put down bogus information because I did not want it to pass. When they show up and insisting that people sign them, you sign the form to get rid of them.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 at 10:25 AM
    Typical of republican politics. The heading was too small eh? What a bunch of bs. Post this or not WILX.. doesn't matter.
  • by taxpayer on Apr 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM
    Good! If a city can't get their budget in order (detroit), they need help. Too much corruption in many aspects of government.
  • by taxpayer on Apr 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM
    Good! If a city can't get their budget in order (detroit), they need help. Too much corruption in many aspects of government.
  • by Beachstringer Location: Michigan on Apr 26, 2012 at 09:37 AM
    If the number of signatures was correct, it would appear more dirty politics. Perhaps a tie should go for democracy!!!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2012 at 01:49 PM in reply to Beachstringer
      You need to learn about what type of government we have have before making that comment. Our nation is a republic and not a democracy. It was never a democracy.
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