Will 700,000 voters be denied their voice?
There is more at stake tomorrow in addition to SB 1040. The Board of Canvassers will meet tomorrow to determine if the constitutional amendment to protect collective bargaining and working families should be on the November ballot or not.
There already have been several challenges to the proposal. In July, the Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution challenged the petition and threatened court action after the Secretary of State dismissed their first request.
On Aug. 9, Attorney General Bill Schuette offered a legal opinion on the issue--as requested by Gov. Snyder. Schuette decided that the issue should not be on the ballot because it did not explain what the proposal actually does and what laws would be impacted in the 100 words required. But this is just the Attorney General's opinion and is not law.
The Protect Our Jobs coalition blasted the opinion because nowhere does it state in the constitution that the required 100-word ballot proposal explanation list all the laws that will be affected. And second, as a judge on the Court of Appeals, Schuette himself wrote that a petition is only required to identify constitutional provisions directly changed by the proposal. His decision helped get the ban on affirmative action on the ballot in 2004.
If the Board of Canvassers splits along party lines, POJ attorneys will be taking the issue to the Michigan Court of Appeals.
There's a lot at stake tomorrow. If the Board keeps the issue off the ballot, the voice of almost 700,000 Michigan voters who signed the petitions will be silenced and the middle class and working families will be the worse off because of it.