Michigan emergency manager referendum reaches petition signature midway point

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August 18, 2011

By Bailey Ludlam


LANSING, Michigan: An effort to repeal a state law that allows for emergency managers to take over local municipalities and school districts during times of financial distress announced this week that they have reached the midway point in their petition signature campaign.

In order to qualify the proposed referendum to the statewide ballot, supporters are required to collect 161,304 signatures (5% of the number of people who voted in the 2010 election for Governor) and turn them in 90 days after the final adjournment of the Legislature.

Stand Up for Democracy Campaign is the coalition circulating petitions. According to reports, the group plans to complete their signature gathering process by September 2011.[1] On August 16 supporters announced 120,000 signatures had been collected.[2]

The law in question was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on March 17, 2011. If certified for the 2012 statewide ballot a "no" vote on the referendum repeals the state law, while a "yes" vote would retain the law.

An EPIC-MRA poll conducted July 9-11 found that 53 percent were in support of the referendum and opposed the state law, while 34 percent were opposed to the referendum and in support of the state law. The poll was based on a poll of 600 likely voters.[3]

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