Michigan's Ballot Initiatives Closely Contested

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September 17, 2012


By Chuck Stewart

Livingston, Michigan: Recent polls show that Michigan’s two primary ballot initiatives are closely contested among voters. A collective bargaining amendment stands at 48 for and 43 percent against, with 9 percent remaining undecided. The international crossings proposal would require the state-wide and local approval to build any international bridge or tunnel. It stands at 47 percent for and 44 percent against. While Michigan does not require a supra-majority to pass ballot initiatives, Pollster Bernie Porn was quoted in the Livingston Daily as saying these are “pretty high negatives.”[1] At least 50 percent would be required for either initiative to pass.

Additionally, an emergency manager law was passed last year, but the bill’s opponents successfully petitioned for a referendum. This bill would increase the state's power over localities and school districts in finical distress. Michigan voters are in favor of repelling this law 46 percent to 44 percent, with 10 percent undecided. [2]

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