MHA Race of the Week – Michigan Ballot Proposals
Posted on October 25, 2018
The MHA’s Race of the Week series highlights the most pivotal statewide races and issues for Election 2018. The series is designed to provide hospitals and healthcare advocates with the resources they need to make informed decisions on Election Day.
Statewide Ballot Proposals:
Proposal 1 – Marijuana Legalization
If approved, this measure would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Michigan.
Proposal 2 – Redistricting
If approved, this measure would transfer the authority for drawing Michigan’s legislative and congressional district boundaries from the state Legislature (and ultimately, the political party in power at the time) to an independent commission made up of randomly selected registered voters. The practice of drawing district boundaries in favor of a certain political party is called gerrymandering.
Proposal 3 – Voter Access
If approved, this measure would allow no-reason absentee voting, same-day voter registration on Election Day and straight-ticket voting in partisan general elections.
The Citizens Research Council of Michigan, a well-respected, independent, nonpartisan public policy research organization, currently has available on its website three excellent analyses of each statewide ballot proposal. Each analysis provides an in-depth look at how the proposals will impact Michigan residents, free of any support for one side or another.
WHY IT MATTERS
The MHA has not taken an official position on any of the measures that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. However, statewide ballot proposals serve an important role in public policy by putting the power to approve or reject changes to Michigan’s Constitution or state law in the hands of voters. For that reason, the MHA encourages voters to learn more about each proposal to make informed decisions on Election Day.
For more election information and updates or to request Election 2018 informational materials, visit the MHA Election webpage or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Join the MHA in talking about Election 2018 on social media using #MIVoteMatters.
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