This November, Michiganders will have the chance to vote on three different ballot proposals that range from changing the way districts are drawn to ensuring voting access for everybody. Below is a quick recap of what the proposals will be, and where they are at in the process. Two of the proposals have already cemented their place on the ballot, but the other three may still be taken up by the legislature or otherwise need to satisfy legal requirements in order to make the November ballot. The Department of State has a deadline to certify the November ballot by 5 p.m. on Sept. 7.
COALITION TO REGULATE MARIJUANA LIKE ALCOHOL – PROP 1
What: Proposed initiated law to authorize the personal possession and use of marijuana by individuals aged 21 years and older and control the commercial production and distribution of marijuana.
Status: On April 26, 2018, the Board of State Canvassers determined that the petition contained a sufficient number of valid signatures. Once certified by the Board of State Canvassers, the Legislature had 40-days in which to enact or reject the
VOTERS NOT POLITICIANS – PROP 2
What: Proposed constitutional amendment to create the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and authorize the Commission to adopt reapportionment plans for Congressional, state Senate and state House of Representatives districts. This initiative was created to amend the Michigan Constitution and create an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission with the purpose of creating state and federal district lines that do not give political advantage to any one party or candidate.
Status: On June 20, 2018, the Board of State Canvassers determined that the petition contained a sufficient number of valid signatures. This was challenged sending the petition into litigation, however, on July 31, the Michigan Supreme Court voted in favor of placing the petition on the ballot.
PROMOTE THE VOTE – PROP 3
What: A proposed constitutional amendment to create a voter’s bill of rights that will guarantee the following: Protect the right to vote a secret ballot, Ensure military service members and overseas voters get their ballots in time for their votes to count, Provide voters with the option to vote straight party, Automatically register citizens to vote at the Secretary of State’s office unless the citizen declines, Allow a citizen to register to vote anytime with proof of residency, Provide all registered voters access to an absentee ballot for any reason, and Ensure the accuracy and integrity of elections by auditing election results.
Status: The Board of State Canvassers has determined that the proposal had enough valid signatures. Because this is an amendment to the Michigan Constitution, the proposal goes straight to the ballot. The Board must now decide on the final ballot language.