HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Latest Breaking News (Forum) » Pressure for ballot refor...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 01:04 PM

Pressure for ballot reform growing in Michigan - Plans would ban paid petition circulators, boost tr

Source: Detroit News

November 12, 2012 at 1:00 am
Pressure for ballot reform growing in Michigan
Plans would ban paid petition circulators, boost transparency
By Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau


Lansing It's been a rollercoaster year for the citizens' initiative ballot process and now lawmakers are facing pressure to change Michigan's form of direct democracy.

The Board of State Canvassers deadlocked on placing a repeal of the emergency manager law on the ballot over a petition font size dispute, plunging a public meeting into chaos and resulting in one board member being spit on by angry protesters.

Michigan's top courts got quite a workout, green-lighting the emergency manager referendum and three of the five constitutional amendments for the ballot and halting a casino expansion initiative from going before voters.

-snip-

Changes under consideration include banning paid petition circulators to requiring more disclosure of who is financing ballot campaigns and increasing the number of signatures needed to get on the ballot.


Read more: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121112/POLITICS02/211120339#ixzz2C25OV8FN

3 replies, 1268 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 3 replies Author Time Post
Reply Pressure for ballot reform growing in Michigan - Plans would ban paid petition circulators, boost tr (Original post)
Bozita Nov 2012 OP
Comrade Grumpy Nov 2012 #1
Festivito Nov 2012 #2
SemperEadem Nov 2012 #3

Response to Bozita (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 01:37 PM

1. They want to kill the initiative process in Michigan.

It already takes something like 343,000 signatures for an initiative to make the ballot.

You NEED paid signature gatherers to get on the ballot there.

Banning paid signature gatherers while increasing the number of signatures needed is a recipe for destroying the initiative process.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:13 PM

2. That would be their intention.

They make things harder to do partly because paid people get out there, then they keep all the harder rules and just knock out the paid part.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Bozita (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:14 PM

3. job killers!!!!!

obstructionists!!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread