Michigan Legalization Group’s Petition Signatures Deemed Insufficient

Michigan Legalization Group's Petition Signatures Deemed Insufficient

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On June 7, 2016, Michigan’s elections bureau announced that MI Legalize, was at least 106,000 signatures short of qualifying for the state’s ballot in November, as reported by the Associated Press.

MI Legalize submitted 354,000 signatures to the Michigan Secretary of State’s office on June 1 even though the organization was only required to submit 252,523 signatures, but the elections bureau determined that only 146,413 had been collected within 180 days of of MI Legalize filing its petition. Signatures collected outside of the 180-day window were deemed “stale and void,” according to The Detroit News.

“The only way we’re probably going to rectify this is through litigation, and the fact that the Bureau has made this decision in a timely fashion gives us enough time to litigate,” said Jeff Hank, executive director of MI Legalize. “We’re going to fight for the rights of every Michigan voter and make sure we get this on the ballot.”

“Establishing reasonable time limits on when signatures can be collected helps ensure the issues that make the ballot are the ones that matter most to Michiganders,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement regarding the new 180-day law.

The Board of State Canvassers is meeting on June 9 at the Capitol in Lansing to discuss the issue.

According to an EPIC-MRA poll, approximately 53 percent of voters in Michigan support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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