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Summary of the November 2018 Michigan Statewide Ballot Proposals on ballot Nov. 6, 2018


Marijuana Legalization: Proposal 18-1: A proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older; also, includes commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers.


The proposals include a citizens-initiated statutory initiative (marijuana legalization). If it is adopted by the voters, it will not be subject to a gubernatorial veto and cannot be amended or repealed except by a vote of the people or by an affirmative vote of three-fourths of each house of the legislature. If passed, this law will take effect 10 days after the official declaration of the vote.


The other proposals are two citizens-initiated constitutional amendments (redistricting reform and voting rights). Constitutional amendments are not subject to legislative or gubernatorial action and can only be amended or repealed by a vote of the people at a subsequent election. If each proposal is adopted, they will take effect 45 days after the election.


Redistricting: Proposal 18-2: A proposed constitutional amendment to establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress, every 10 years [after US Census].


Voting Rights: Proposal 18-3: A proposal to authorize automatic and Election Day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight ticket voting; and add current legal requirements for military and overseas voting and postelection audits to the Michigan Constitution.


La Prensa encourages its readers to consider voting “Yes” to all three of the proposals.


Source: For more than 100 years, the objective of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan has been to provide factual, unbiased independent information on significant issues concerning state and local government organization and finance. The Research Council believes that the use of this information by policymakers will lead to sound, rational public policy in Michigan.


On the Internet: The Citizens Research Council’s website: www.crcmich.

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