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Abortion, voting rights cases face Friday deadline

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The Michigan Supreme Court is faced with decisions this week on whether two contentious questions will appear on the November ballot

The court will decide whether to override the Michigan Board of State Canvassers. A deadlock on the board means two petition drives to amend the state constitution failed to qualify for the ballot. One would add an expansive voting rights amendment. The other would enshrine abortion rights in the constitution.

Abortion still remains legal in the state under lower court rulings despite a 1931 law that would otherwise ban most abortions.

The board of state canvassers has scheduled a Friday meeting to take action, if necessary, to comply with any Supreme Court decisions. Friday is the deadline to finalize the ballot.

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