Michigan elections panel doesn’t send voting rights proposal to ballot

The sweeping 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’s elections panel deadlocked Wednesday on whether to certify the Promote the Vote amendment for the ballot.

Organizers collected enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, according to the state’s Bureau of Elections. But canvassers debated how to handle a challenge to the proposal alleging that the petition form circulated by organizers failed to note which sections of the Michigan Constitution would be impacted if the proposal was placed on the ballot and adopted by voters.

The Board of State Canvassers reached an impasse on a motion to adopt the recommendation handed down from the Bureau of Elections to certify the Promote the Vote proposal.

Michigan's Board of State Canvassers Republican Richard Houskamp, ​​left, chairperson Republican Tony Daunt, Democrat Mary Ellen Gurewitz and Democrat Jeanette Bradshaw were to decide on Aug.  31, 2022, whether to put abortion and voting rights on the ballot this fall at their meeting in Lansing to review signatures collected to qualify for the ballot.  (Photo: Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press)

The two Republican members of the Board of State Canvassers – Tony Daunt and Richard Houskamp – voted against placing 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. The vote leaves the Promote the Vote proposal off the ballot for now. Vote immediately vowed to go to court and expressed confidence that the proposal will ultimately secure a spot on the ballot.

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