Voters Not Politicians, the group hoping to end gerrymandering in Michigan, is facing more challenges while they also wait on approval from the Michigan Board of State Canvassers. Last week, the group called for the state board to certify their proposal to be on the ballot. The group also said last week they hoped the petition would appear on Tuesday’s agenda. When the agenda for Tuesday’s board meeting came down, the only consideration on the agenda was for the petition filed by Protecting Michigan Taxpayers. Led by a group of volunteers collecting signatures, Voters Not Politicians collected over 425,000 signatures and submitted them to the Michigan Bureau of Elections in December. They needed about 316,000, equal to about 10 percent of the state’s population.
According to the group, the Bureau of Elections staff found that 92 percent of the signatures were valid, which was also confirmed by a consulting firm.
“We remain optimistic that the Board of State canvassers will quickly move to certify our proposal for the November ballot so the voters have a chance to decide on this important reform for our democracy,” Founder and Executive Director Katie Fahey said.