MHA RACE OF THE WEEK
The MHA’s Race of the Week series highlights the most pivotal statewide races and ballot questions for Election 2022. The series provides hospitals and healthcare advocates with the resources they need to make informed decisions on Election Day, including candidates’ views and background.
STATEWIDE BALLOT PROPOSALS:
Proposal 1 – Term Limit Reform and Financial Disclosure (MHA Supported)
If approved, Proposal 1 would reduce overall term limits from 14 years split between the two state legislative chambers to 12 years in one or both chambers. Further, the proposal would require each member of the legislature, the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general to file annual financial disclosure reports.
If approved, Proposal 2 would add new opportunities to increase access to early voting, provide more absentee voting options and allow for the use of a signed affidavit in lieu of state-issued identification.
Proposal 3 – Reproductive Freedom for All
If approved, Proposal 3 would enshrine an individual right to reproductive health decisions in the Michigan Constitution and effectively repeal the existing Michigan law from 1931 which prohibits most abortion procedures.
The Citizens Research Council of Michigan, a well-respected, independent, nonpartisan public policy research organization, currently has available on their 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.
- CRC Michigan Memo 1170 – Proposal 1 Analysis
- CRC Michigan Memo 1171 – Proposal 2 Analysis
- CRC Michigan Memo 1172 – Proposal 3 Analysis
WHY IT MATTERS
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. Nearly all ballot measures have a significant impact on Michigan citizens and those which amend the Michigan constitution cannot be changed by the state legislature once passed. While the MHA has only taken a position on Proposal 1 this year, we encourage voters to learn more about each proposal to make informed decisions on Election Day.
View both sides of the ballot before submission, as ballot proposals often appear on the back side of a ballot.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
View an episode of the MiCare Champion Cast which features Laura Appel, executive vice president of government relations and public policy at the MHA, discussing the upcoming general election, including the three ballot proposals.
For more election information and updates or to request Election 2022 informational materials, visit the MHA Election webpage or email email@example.com. Join the MHA in talking about Election 2022 on social media using #MIVoteMatters.