Friday, July 6, 2018

MI Supreme Court to Decide if Nonpartisan Redistricting Measure Gets on Ballot

On July 6th, the Michigan Supreme Court said it will hear the Case over whether an Initiative to set up a Nonpartisan Redistricting Commission can be on the November Ballot.

Everyone agrees the Initiative has enough Valid Signatures, but the Secretary of State wants to keep it off the Ballot on the grounds that it improperly includes more than a Single Subject, and that it is a Constitutional Revision instead of just an Amendment.

The State Court of Appeals had ruled, 3-0 Thursday, that the Initiative should be on the Ballot and is ordering the State Elections Board to Certify the Redistricting Proposal for the November ballot.

It Rejected the Argument, that the Ballot Committee, Voters Not Politicians, is seeking to Amend so many Parts of the State Constitution that a Constitutional Convention is required, and that the Proposal does not List All of the Sections of the Constitution that would be abrogated.

The Measure would Empower an Independent Commission to Draw Legislative and Congressional Lines once a Decade. It currently is done by the Legislature, leading to Criticism of Partisan Gerrymandering.

The Conservative Group that Sued, Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution, says it will Appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court Hearing will be July 18th.

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