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Board of State Canvassers welcomes new member, denies petition

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Michigan elections officials are evaluating whether a pair of constitutional amendments should appear on the November ballot.

The proposed amendments aim to protect abortion access and expand voting rights.

Deciding whether the campaigns turned in enough valid signatures involves first looking through submitted sheets for any obvious errors.

Then elections staff numbers them and finds a random sample to inspect deeper—and give opponents a chance to challenge.

Michigan Director of Elections Jonathan Brater says he hopes that will happen for both campaigns in the next couple of weeks.

“The total number of signatures between both of those is about a million and a half so it’s a lot of signatures and sheets to go through.”

The Board of State Canvassers will ultimately decide if they qualify for the ballot at an August 31st meeting.

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