Board of State Canvassers Wants a Full Count of the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan’s Petition Signatures

On April 2nd, 2020, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that state election officials were wrong to reject the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan's (CBFM) petition in 2018, despite referring to the wrong election date. CBFM then submitted the collected signatures to the Secretary of State's office in Lansing on May 1, 2020

On May 25, the Board of State Canvassers voted unanimously to direct the Bureau of Elections to do a full review of the signatures. By CBFM’s own account, only 29,392 signatures collected by the CBFM fall within the 180-day window of the effective Nov. 5, 2018 filing date. This would be 223,131 signatures short of the minimum needed for this petition, which is being treated like it was filed in November 2018, back when the minimum number of signatures needed to be considered on the ballot was 252,523. The rest of the signatures collected outside of the 180-day window for petitioning would be considered stale and would not count towards the 252,523 signatures needed.

MOGA will keep you updated as this story continues to develop.

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