Michigan Considers Ballot Reform

Monday, 12 Nov 2012 09:10 AM

By Newsmax Wires

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Michigan officials are considering changes to the state's ballot referendum process that include more public disclosure of financing behind citizen initiatives, a ban on paid petition circulators,  and an increase in signatures needed to qualify for ballot placement.
 
According to the Detroit News, there were so many problems this year with initiatives that the courts were called on repeatedly to settle disputes over everything ranging from the font size on some ballot questions to deciding which petitions voters would be allowed to weigh in on.
 
The newspaper noted that taken all together, opponents and supporters of at least a half dozen measures that did make it on the ballot last week spent $150 million pushing their agendas.
 
The changes, some of which would have to be done by constitutional amendment, officials said, could help restore public confidence in the citizen initiative process and, perhaps, help reduce the amount of advertising and other promotional efforts paid for by undisclosed backers of ballot campaigns.
 
Among the concerns also being raised, according to the News, is how much power the Board of State Canvassers should have in determining which ballot proposals move forward. The newspaper reported that the state courts have already signaled to the legislature that the board's authority "needs to be clarified."

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Passengers Push Plane on Icy Russian Runway (With Help of a Tractor)

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 20:45 PM

Passengers on a Russian plane got off to push the aircraft to help get it on the runway after it began slipping on ice i . . .

Bernie Tiede, Convicted Murderer Mortician, to Get New Sentencing

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 17:39 PM

Bernie Tiede, the mortician who was convicted of killing his companion Marjorie Nugent in 1996, will receive a new sente . . .

Chrysler Pentastar Logo Getting Phased Out With FCA Formation

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 15:51 PM

Chrysler's iconic Pentastar logo is being phased out as the company introduces a new logo in keeping with the newly form . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved