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2018 Midterm Ballot Proposals In Michigan

Proposal 18-1

A proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers

This proposal would:

  • Allow individuals 21 and older to purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption.
  • Impose a 10-ounce limit for marijuana kept at residences and require amounts over 2.5 ounces be secured in locked containers.
  • Create a state licensing system for marijuana businesses and allow municipalities to ban or restrict them.
  • Permit retail sales of marijuana and subject to a 10% tax, dedicated to implementation costs, clinical trials, schools, roads, and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located.
  • Change several violations from crimes to civil infractions. 

 Should this proposal be adopted? [ ] YES [ ] NO

 Proposal 18- 2 

A proposed constitutional amendment to establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress, every 10 years

 This proposed constitutional amendment would:

  • Create a commission of 13 registered voters randomly selected by the Secretary of State:   

          4 each who self-identify as affiliated with the 2 major political parties; and 
          5 who self-identify as unaffiliated with major political parties. 

  • Prohibit partisan officeholders and candidates, their employees, certain relatives, and lobbyists from serving as commissioners.   
  • Establish new redistricting criteria including geographically compact and contiguous districts of equal population, reflecting Michigan’s diverse population and communities of interest.  Districts shall not provide disproportionate advantage to political parties or candidates. 
  • Require an appropriation of funds for commission operations and commissioner compensation. 

Should this proposal be adopted? [   ]   YES [   ]   NO

Proposal 18-3

A proposal to authorize automatic and Election Day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight ticket voting; and add current legal requirements for military and overseas voting and postelection audits to the Michigan Constitution

This proposed constitutional amendment would allow a United States citizen who is qualified to vote in Michigan to:

  • Become automatically registered to vote when applying for, updating or renewing a driver’s license or state-issued personal identification card, unless the person declines.
  •  Simultaneously register to vote with proof of residency and obtain a ballot during the 2-week period prior to an election, up to and including Election Day.
  • Obtain an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.
  •  Cast a straight-ticket vote for all candidates of a particular political party when voting in a partisan general election.

 Should this proposal be adopted? [   ]   YES [   ]   NO

Voting Information

Question: How do I register to vote?

Answer: All citizens who will be 18 by the day of the election are encouraged to register to vote. The website provides a very easy way for you to complete the necessary form. You still need to print, sign and mail it to address provided. You can also register to vote in person at any Michigan Secretary of State office, the offices of your local city or township clerk, and other state agencies. Go to this website for more information on locations and eligibility requirements: Michigan Voter Registration.

Q: Can I vote absentee?

A: Anyone who falls into one of the following six categories may vote by absentee ballot:

  • You are expecting to be out of town on election day
  • You are 60 years old or older
  • You are physically unable to vote without assistance at the polls
  • You are unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons
  • You are in jail awaiting arraignment or trial
  • You are assigned to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence

Q: How do I get an absentee ballot?

A: Your request for an absentee ballot must be in writing and can be submitted to your city or township clerk by mail or in person. Requests to have an absentee voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election. For more information, go to Michigan absentee ballot.

Q: If I'm a student from out of town or out of state, how can I vote?

A: Those living someplace on a temporary basis need to vote at their place of permanent residence via an absentee ballot from that city or township clerk. In Michigan, use the links above to get information.

Q: Can I vote a straight-party ticket or do I need to make choices for individual positions?

A: No, in Michigan you no longer can vote a straight-party ticket. 

Q: How do I get information on national, state and local candidates?

A: The League of Women Voters provides information about candidates, submitted by the candidate themselves, on the website.

Register to Vote

Are you registered to vote? Do you want to change your party, your address, your name? Information is available on the Michigan LWV website.


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