Michigan election panel fails to send voting rights proposal to ballot

Ronald Cook, center, and Caaron Cook, of Detroit, cast their ballots as they cast their ballots for the Michigan primary elections at Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School at Northwestern in Detroit on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.

A extended voting rights proposal to make changes to Michigan’s elections – including establishing early voting in the state – failed to land a spot on the ballot this fall after the state elections panel hung Wednesday on whether to certify the Promote Voting Amendment for the ballot.

Organizers collected enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, according to the state’s Office of Elections. But canvassers debated how to handle a challenge to the proposal, alleging that the petition form circulated by organizers did not indicate which sections of the Michigan Constitution would be affected if the proposal was put on the ballot and adopted by voters.

The Board of State Solicitors deadlocked on a motion to adopt the recommendation issued by the Office of Elections to certify the Promoting the Vote proposal.

Republican Richard Houskamp, ​​left, chairman of the Michigan Board of Trustees, Republican Tony Daunt, Democrat Mary Ellen Gurewitz and Democrat Jeanette Bradshaw were scheduled to decide on August 31, 2022 whether to list abortion and the right to vote on the ballot this fall when they meet in Lansing to review the signatures collected to qualify for the ballot.  (Photo: Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press)

The two Republican members of the Board of State Solicitors – Tony Daunt and Richard Houskamp – voted against putting Promote the Vote on this fall’s ballot while the two Democratic members – Mary Ellen Gurewitz and Jeannette Bradshaw – voted in favor of putting it on the ballot. Voting leaves the Promote Voting proposal off the ballot for now. Promote the Vote immediately vowed to go to court and expressed confidence that the proposal would eventually get a spot on the ballot.

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