MSU Extension to host three ballot proposal forums

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Forums featuring expert analysis of three statewide ballot proposals, will also be streamed online with MSU Extension hosting the event at satellite locations throughout Michigan

EAST LANSING, Michigan – Michigan residents eager to learn more about the three statewide ballot proposals appearing on the ballot in November are encouraged to attend Michigan State University Extension’s statewide ballot proposal forums on Oct. 22 or 23 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Participants can attend the forums in person, at one of 11 satellite locations or online via Facebook Live or webinar. A link to both will be available on the MSU Extension website at http://canr.msu.edu/vote2018.

MSU Extension will host ballot proposal forums at three locations in the UP:

  • Houghton – Monday, October 22: MTU Noblet Forestry Building
  • Sault Ste. Marie – Monday, October 22: LSSU Shouldice Library, Room 203
  • Marquette – Tuesday, October 23: NMU Learning Resource Center, Room 109

There is no cost to attend.

The three ballot proposals under discussion cover recreational marijuana use, the formation of an independent legislative redistricting commission and revisions to state voting laws. The ballot proposal forums will feature a presentation from an expert on each ballot proposal followed by a question-and-answer period.

MSU Extension’s forums are not intended to convince anyone to take a specific positon on the ballot proposals, but instead are designed to provide unbiased information for anyone hoping to learn more about the issues and decide their own positions. Along with the live forums, MSU Extension will release a white paper dedicated to each of the statewide ballot initiatives.

The forums and white papers will cover:

§  What “YES” and “NO” votes mean.

§  The potential effects of each ballot questions’ passage.

§  Comparisons of Michigan to other states that have adopted similar proposals.

§  The latest research that touches on some of the key questions potential voters might have about the ballot proposals.

The white papers can be found at http://canr.msu.edu/vote2018.

The event is open to the public, with MSU Extension staff on hand at the satellite locations to host attendees and facilitate the submission of questions for the expert panelists to address.

For more information, visit http://canr.msu.edu/vote2018.

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