‘Promote the Vote’ ballot initiative to head to Michigan Supreme Court

The effort to get a proposal to expand voting rights on the November ballot is now going to the Michigan Supreme Court.
Published: Aug. 31, 2022 at 3:40 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2022 at 1:44 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - The effort to get a proposal to expand voting rights on the November ballot is now going to the Michigan Supreme Court.

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The Promote the Vote Coalition filed the lawsuit Thursday, after the Board of State Canvassers deadlocked 2-2 on the certification of petition signatures during its meeting Wednesday.

Challengers claimed the petition left some things out of its language and that the petition wasn’t valid. The commissioners debated if that was enough to not put the proposal on the ballot.

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The two Democratic board members said it was a legal issue and not their place to decide and voted to put it on the ballot, while the Republican board members voted against it and claimed issues needed to be sorted out before voters decide.

Key provisions of Promote the Vote 2022 include:

  • Recognizing the fundamental right to vote without harassing conduct;
  • Requiring military or overseas ballots to be counted if postmarked by Election Day;
  • Providing voters the right to verify identity with photo ID or signed statement;
  • Providing the voter right to a single application to vote absentee in all elections;
  • Requiring nine days of early in-person voting;
  • Requiring state-funded absentee-ballot drop boxes, and postage for absentee applications and ballots;
  • Providing that only election officials may conduct post-election audits;
  • Requiring canvass boards to certify election results based only on the official records of votes cast.

The Bureau of Elections recommended the canvassers do put the proposal on the ballot.

The people behind Promote The Vote said they hope the Michigan Supreme Court makes a decision soon.

“There is so much at stake here in terms of voting rights,” said Jamie Lyons-Eddy, with Voters Not Politicians. “All of us believe that every vote should be counted and every voice should be heard no matter what we look like, no matter where we live, no matter who we vote for.”

There isn’t much time for the Court to get the proposal on the ballot, as the ballot needs to be finalized by Sept. 9.

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