FOR THE EDITOR:
Changes made by the state legislature to the Michigan Constitution require a two-thirds vote by both houses after rigorous debate. This is followed by a simple majority vote of voters in a general or special election.
Petition amendments to the Michigan Constitution require 10% of voters who voted in the last gubernatorial race to sign a Proposition petition followed by a simple majority vote of voters. For example: if approximately 50% of registered voters voted in the last governor’s race; then 5% of registered voters can force a constitutional amendment vote. If 50% of registered voters actually vote on the proposed amendment; then only 25% is needed to amend the Michigan Constitution.
A political movement can amend the Elections Act by petition and popular vote as was done in 2018 with Proposition 3. Essentially, the Michigan Democratic Party (via outside special interest groups) implemented the bill HR-1 of the United States House of Representatives with this amendment in Michigan. Constitution. The Michigan State Legislature slept through the petition process without debate or challenge.
The United States Constitution and the Michigan Constitution direct the state legislature to enforce election law. In a representative republic, is it constitutional for the people of Michigan to enforce election law by popular vote when that authority rests with the state legislature?
A legal case must be brought before the Michigan Supreme Court to secure the state legislature’s legitimate authority over election law and the electoral process. In a representative republic, the state legislature enforces election law, not a popular vote petition as was done with Proposition 3 in 2018 and now again with Proposition 2 in 2022.
Essentially, the Constitutional Amendment Proposal 2 in 2022 affects the Elections Act allowing automatic mail-in ballots (voting by mail) with no voter identification requirement. According to the Mackinac Center’s October 19, 2022 policy brief, Proposition 2 cements into the state constitution 21 rules allowing the Secretary of State (Administrative Branch) to conduct elections.
SIDNEY A. HANSEN