It looks like the state Court of Appeals will be asked to decide whether the referendum challenging Michigan’s emergency manager law goes on the November ballot. A bipartisan state elections panel deadlocked in the question.
The two Democrats on the Board of State Canvassers voted to put the question on the ballot, but the board’s two Republicans say they have questions on whether the petitions were printed in the correct font size. The deadlock means the question does not go to voters.
Herb Sanders, attorney for the Stand Up for Democracy campaign, says the next stop is the Michigan Court of Appeals.
“You know that some people put party lines over justice and democracy, so nothing surprises me at this point. But I am not deterred,” he says. “I am determined.”
Sanders says the petition is technically correct, and the board’s decision deprives 203,000 people who signed the petitions of their right to challenge a law they don’t like.