Stories tagged: "ballot initiative"


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Two Conservative-Backed Initiative Campaigns Submit Signatures. What Happens Now?

Secure MI Vote and Let MI Kids Learn want to squeeze their initiatives through to the Legislature by the end of the year, but that seems unlikely. 

The Will of the 8%: Michigan’s Legislative Loophole

A four-part investigation into Michigan's legislative loophole, the indirect initiative.

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Update: Michigan Voters May Decide Three Ballot Proposals in November

Voters in Michigan could decide the fate of three separate ballot issues at the general election.

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Conservative Organizers Haven’t Collected Enough Signatures for Petitions. That Won’t Stop Them, Yet.

A group of conservative organizers is still hoping to bypass voters on key issues after a missed deadline. They’re not giving up.

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2020, file photo, people carry signs supporting voting rights and former Vice President Joe Biden, during a "Souls to the Polls" march in Model City, Miami. A tough road lies ahead for Biden who will need to chart a path forward to unite a bitterly divided nation and address America’s fraught history of racism that manifested this year through the convergence of three national crises. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
A Loophole in Michigan Lets Laws Get Passed Without Checks and Balances

Passing a law in Michigan in 2021 looks less like Schoolhouse Rock and more like schoolyard drama thanks to a loophole in our Constitution.

In this Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, watches during the State of the State address at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Michigan lawmakers plan to convene for the first time in weeks to lengthen Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's emergency declaration amid the coronavirus pandemic but are at odds over the extension and whether the session is even necessary. The Republican-led Legislature is scheduled to meet Tuesday, April 7, 2020, three weeks after last voting. Shirkey's spokeswoman said “He thinks we can come to some middle ground in terms of the extension, and that doesn't preclude it from being extended again if were necessary at some point.”
How a Handful of Michiganders Could Make Voting Harder for the Rest of Us

Michigan voters overwhelmingly chose to expand access to ballot boxes in 2018. Now a loophole is allowing the GOP to propose stripping these rights with just 3% of Michiganders pushing for it.

DETROIT, MI  - DECEMBER 19: A community member signs a nominating petition to help gain Gretchen Whitmer ballot access for Michigan Governor.  (Photo by Ali Lapetina for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Keep Going Michigan: How to Get Your Great Idea on the Ballot

Some of the most powerful changes brought to Michigan law have come from citizen-led petition campaigns getting issues on the ballot. Here's how they did it.