Michigan, Act IV
Michigan is a divided state. Of course it is; there are two peninsulae. But it seems that the state Board of Canvassers is similarly divided, with a party-line 2–2 vote on the validity of petitions for a November ballot measure to repeal Public Act 4, the state’s emergency managers law.
We discussed the underlying battle a couple of weeks ago. The Republicans’ complaint regarding the petitions concerns the size of the font in the heading.
While Republican Jeff Timmer says that they are “tied by the letter of the law”, stare decisis in Michigan says otherwise. In particular, wiggle room has been permitted if there were enough signatures to override the relative harm of point sizes below the legal minimum.
Because of this, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said, “We anticipate that the issue will go to the next higher court with the Michigan Court of Appeal and possibly on to the Michigan Supreme Court.” It’s unclear whether the courts will make a final determination in time for the November ballot.
- Board keeps Mich. emergency manager law off ballot (sfgate.com)
- Michigan Board of Canvassers denies emergency manager repeal petition (clickondetroit.com)
- Is Michigan Meshuggeneh? (logarchism.com)
- Board keeps Mich. EM Law Off Ballot (myfoxdetroit.com)
- The rule of law in Michigan (inpropriapersona.com)