Megan Ferguson ‘19: Taking place on Tuesday, November 6, the midterm election determines what political party, Democrat or Republican, gains control of each chamber of Congress: the House of Representatives and the Senate. During this election, voters also gain the opportunity to vote for the three Michigan proposals.

Proposal One addresses the issue of legalizing marijuana. Within this proposal, individuals 21 and older acquire the opportunity to purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles, as well as grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption. If the proposal passes, a ten-ounce limit for marijuana kept at residences and requiring amounts over 2.5 ounces to remain locked in secured containers. Further, this proposal creates a  licensing system for marijuana businesses and allows them to ban or restrict them. This proposal also changes several current violations from crimes to civil infractions.

Proposal Two discusses the end of gerrymandering, the manipulation of voting boundaries to favor one party over another. Proposal two creates a commission of 13 registered voters randomly selected by the Secretary of State every ten years. The commission created consists of four self-identified Democrats, four Republicans, and five independents. This proposal also prohibits officeholders, candidates, their employees, and their relatives from serving as commissioners. Finally, this proposal establishes and states new redistricting criteria.

Proposal Three focuses on becoming automatically registered to vote when applying for, updating or renewing a driver’s license, unless the person declines. With this, a citizen obtains the opportunity to simultaneously register to vote when providing proof of residency. The voter then receives a ballot two weeks prior to the election. Included in this proposal, unlike in the past, voters gain the opportunity to receive an absentee voter ballot without providing a reason.

For more information on the three proposals visit vote.michigan.com.

Sources:

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/Bal_Prop_Status_560960_7.pdf

https://www.usa.gov/midterm-state-and-local-elections

https://vote.michigan.gov/MVIC/\

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/10/30/poll-redistricting-voting-proposals-maintain-leads/1813640002/

 

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