This paper summarizes the three proposals that will appear on Michigan’s statewide ballot at the November 6, 2018, general election. As they become available, an in-depth analysis of each proposal and corresponding webinars will be posted on the Citizens Research Council’s website. Webinars will be held October 16, 17, and 18. As usual, reports and webinars are available at no cost. The Citizens Research Council does not endorse candidates for office or take positions on ballot issues. In analyzing these ballot issues, we hope to provide useful information so that voters can make better informed decisions before casting their vote.
The proposals include a citizens-initiated statutory initiative (marijuana legalization). If it is adopted by the voters, it will not be subject to a gubernatorial veto and cannot be amended or repealed except by a vote of the people or by an affirmative vote of three-fourths of each house of the legislature. If passed, this law will take effect 10 days after the official declaration of the vote.
The other proposals are two citizens-initiated constitutional amendments (redistricting reform and voting rights). Constitutional amendments are not subject to legislative or gubernatorial action and can only be amended or repealed by a vote of the people at a subsequent election. If each proposal is adopted, they will take effect 45 days after the election.