Michigan voters lined up early Tuesday at precincts around the state, bundled against temperatures in the 20s and 30s, to cast ballots in a host of local, state and national races.
Absentee voters picking up and dropping off ballots have the Royal Oak City Clerk’s office buzzing with activity.
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is reminding voters of some of the general rules surrounding voter conduct at the polls.
Six contentious ballot proposals are before Michigan voters on Nov. 6, including several well-funded measures backed by special interest groups and five that would require amending the Michigan Constitution.
Supporters of a ballot proposal facing Michigan voters see a simple solution to the problem of tax increases: Make it harder to raise them. But critics argue that approving Proposal 2 could lead to cuts elsewhere and shift increases to fees or other charges.
A judge last week said the added requirement would cause confusion among voters.
Groups wanting to stop the spread of casinos in Michigan say they’ll file a lawsuit to try to halt a fall referendum that would allow more gambling halls.
The Republican-led Michigan House passed several measures Tuesday aimed at tightening state election laws that backers say would protect against voter fraud and critics counter would create obstacles to voting.
Bob LaBrant of Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility said the petitions turned in by the pro-repeal group Stand Up for Democracy aren’t legal because the heading is printed in a type that’s smaller than required.
Two rival groups want to open a combined 15 new casinos in the state. They hope to ask voters for approval in November, but they first must collect nearly 323,000 voter signatures just to make the ballot.
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