MI Legalize is arguing a question about pot legalization should appear on Michigan’s November ballot, despite the state’s claim that too many of the group’s petition signatures are out of date, according to an Aug. 7, 2016, article at Michigan Radio.
State law requires signatures on petitions for ballot questions to be no older than 180 days. With some signatures on the MI Legalize petition now older, state officials say the legalization ballot question should not appear in November. This rule is supposed to ensure the residency of the people who signed the petition.
But MI Legalize representatives say the state can easily confirm the residency of the petition’s signers by looking at voter registration databases. The group has asked a Court of Claims to tell the state it must acknowledge the older signatures.
Jeff Hank, an attorney for MI Legalize, said the group has worked hard to get the legalization question on the ballot. “So many people have put a lot into this, and we really just want to have the opportunity to vote on it. So, we feel like we have a really good case, a really good argument,” Hank said.