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Petition bills expected to move from committee

State Capitol Building
State of Michigan
State Capitol Building

Michigan’s House Elections Committee could forward bills concerning how officials review petition signatures to the full House floor tomorrow

The package would require a state elections board to certify a candidate or question to the ballot as long as it substantially complies with election law.

That’s opposed to the current policy of “strict compliance.” 

Democratic Representative Penelope Tsernoglou says changing that standard would cut back on efforts to disqualify campaigns because of technicalities like font size.

“We’re still ensuring that the law is being complied with in every way that makes sense. But we’re not allowing some of those gotcha moments where someone just forgot something that really, truly is insignificant.” :18

Concerns have come up around whether that would raise new questions about how to define “substantial” compliance.

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