Gov. Snyder signs bill invalidating petition signatures more than 180 days old

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 that says signatures on petitions will only be considered valid if they were signed within 180 days of the petition being filed with the Secretary of State.

“Establishing reasonable time limits on when signatures can be collected helps ensure the issues that make the ballot are the ones that matter most to Michiganders,” Snyder said.

Senate Bill 776 was sponsored by Republican state Sen. Dave Robertson, of Michigan's 14th district. It affects petitions for legislation, and constitutional amendments It is now Public Act 142 of 2016.

The Michigan State Elections Bureau says that the new law means that many of the signatures on petitions collected by a group seeking to add marijuana legalization to the ballot in November are invalid.
The MI Legalize group presented an estimated 354,000 signatures on the petition sheets, but only 146, 413 signatures have been confirmed to have been signed within 180 days of the June 1, 2016 filing date. The state required 252, 523 valid signatures. The Secretary of State's report recommended that the State Board of Canvassers certify the petition as insufficient.

You can read the Secretary of State’s full report on the petition drive by clicking on the link with this article.

The Board of State Canvassers will meet at 9 a.m. June 9, to consider the marijuana legalization petition.

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