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Michigan Court of Appeals OKs Detroit's Proposal D
DETROIT, Michigan: Yesterday the Michigan Court of Appeals ordered that the Detroit Council Election Reform Referenum, also known as Proposal D, be placed on the November 3, 2009 ballot. "The citizens of the city of Detroit are entitled to have the proposal placed on the ballot so that the people can express their choice on the proposal," said appeals judges. The ruling came only days after Wayne County Circuit Court Chief Judge Virgil Smith ruled not to place the measure on the ballot. Previously, the Detroit Election Commission voted in favor of placing the measure on the ballot but was objected by the Attorney General's Office who wrote a letter stating that the ballot measure language was not clear enough for the ballot.
According to the court of appeals' ruling, the ballot language should read: Shall the Detroit City Charter be amended to provide for a total of nine members of the City Council with one (1) council member with district residency elected from each of seven (7) districts and two (2) members elected at large?