DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Voting campaigns to expand voting options, restrict payday loans and revamp Michigan’s civic initiative process have cleared steps before the state election committee, allowing organizers to begin collecting hundreds of thousands of signatures to register for the ballot to qualify in 2022.
The advertisers approved summaries to appear on five petitions distributed to the public.
Promote the Vote wants to allow voting ahead of time by more than a week, allow all voters to apply to vote by mail for future elections, and require postage-paid return envelopes in advance. His constitutional amendment — proposed months after Republicans launched a veto-proof initiative they claim would improve the integrity of elections but Democrats say would restrict voting — would also ban attempts to violate the right to vote “unreasonable” and enshrine the board’s duty to confirm results after Donald Trump’s unprecedented attempt to overturn the 2020 election.
Michiganders for Fair Lending hopes to lower interest rates for payday lenders who must repay within two weeks. The Electoral Committee, like Promote the Vote, appears to have the financial backing needed to disseminate petitions widely.
Also moving forward were two proposed constitutional amendments supported by MI suffrage. One has similarities to the Promote the Vote measure. The other would allow more time to collect signatures for ballots, allow referendums on laws that spend money, and eliminate the legislature’s ability to pass initiated bills without the governor’s signature. Instead, initiatives would go to the voters.
Advertisers also agreed to the summary of a petition to decriminalize the production and possession of psychedelic mushrooms.
All in all, advertisers have approved summaries for a dozen active 2022 election campaigns — including ones that would raise the minimum wage, limit the length of pandemic emergency restrictions without lawmakers’ approval, and enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution.