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.
Michigan election officials say 16 percent of the state’s registered voters cast ballots in this week’s presidential primary election.
Election officials expect between 15 percent and 20 percent of the state’s registered voters to cast ballots in Tuesday’s presidential primary election.
Overwhelmingly Democratic Detroit will see a voter turnout of 10 percent to 12 percent in Tuesday’s state presidential primary, with many people casting ballots out of pride at not missing an election, the city’s elections director said Thursday.