Michigan judge strikes down state's ballot drive law
A Michigan judge has struck down a new requirement that makes it harder to initiate ballot drives by limiting the number of signatures that can be counted from a single congressional district.
Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens ruled Friday, declaring that the plain language of Michigan's constitution does not support the imposition of a geographic requirement.
Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel previously said the Republican-sponsored law passed in last year's lame-duck session is unconstitutional. Election officials are not enforcing the change for now, but appellate courts will have the final say.
The law says no more than 15% of petition signatures can be counted from any one of the state's 14 congressional districts.
A lawsuit was filed in May by the League of Women Voters of Michigan and others.
Voters not Politicians, a nonpartisan advocacy organization that works to strengthen democracy by engaging people across Michigan in effective citizen action, also released a state on the ruling: