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MI Supreme Court says abortion, voting questions must go on ballot

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)— The Michigan Board of State Canvassers will meet Friday to comply with a state Supreme Court decision that it must place an abortion rights amendment on the November ballot.

The question was sent to the court after a deadlock on the state election board blocked the question from the ballot. Republican canvassers argued the amendment’s spacing and formatting would be confusing to voters.

But the Supreme Court majority held that’s outside the board’s purview. It said the abortion rights campaign turned in more than 750,000 signatures to get the question on the ballot. That’s far more than the roughly 425,000 signatures required.

Abortion remains legal in Michigan under a court order that bars enforcement of a 1931 law.

The Supreme Court also ordered that a sweeping voting rights amendment be approved for the November ballot.