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MARQUETTE COUNTY — Three state-wide proposals are on the ballot this November that you need to be aware of. The first is a new law that would make marijuana legal in Michigan, the second is an amendment to the Michigan constitution brought forward by ‘Voters not Politicians’ that calls for a group of non-politicians to draw district lines for elections, and the final is an amendment to give voters more rights.
Darlene Allen, Unit Chair, League of Women Voters of Delta County, Marquette County Unit, explains the voters right amendment, saying, “For instance, it would guarantee your right to vote straight party ticket. When there’s a partisan election, you can just select if you want to vote republican, democrat, green, libertarian, you just check the box and all those under that category would be selected. There’s also a change to a ‘no reason’ absentee voting so that anybody can absentee vote. There’s some extension as far as when you can register to vote. You can actually register the day of the election if you have appropriate proof of residency.”
League of Women Voters Marquette County Unit will be holding these meetings to inform the public of these proposals and make sure everyone understands the proposal before they go to vote in November.
Allen continues, “So when voters head in to vote, there’s a lot to look at and a lot to take in. So this gives them a chance to do a little homework ahead of time, understand what their going to be voting on and they might generate new questions by attending this and want to take a look and do a little more research on the proposals.”
There are upcoming proposal meetings in various locations:
- Humboldt Township Hall in Champion – October 10 – 6:30pm-7:30pm
- Forsyth Township Clubhouse in Gwinn – October 17 – 6:30pm-7:30pm
- Lakeview Arena, Citizens Forum Room in Marquette – October 24 – 7:00pm-8:00pm
Programs are soon to be added for Powell Township and Negaunee/Ishpeming.