Michigan election board rejects abortion rights initiative

Abortion rights have become a powerful motivator for voters since Roe was overturned.


National News

September 1, 2022 - 3:09 PM

Abortion rights activists protest outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Detroit after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. (Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan elections board on Wednesday rejected an abortion rights initiative after its two Republican board members voted against putting the proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

The two Democrats on the Board of State Canvassers voted in favor, but getting the measure on the ballot required at least three votes of the four-member board. The Reproductive Freedom for All campaign, which gathered signatures to get the measure on the ballot, is expected to appeal to the Democratic-leaning Michigan Supreme Court in the coming days and expressed confidence it would prevail.

The board’s administrative and clerical work on elections was once carried out in obscurity, but it drew national attention in 2020 when Donald Trump pressured Republican members not to certify Joe Biden’s electoral win in the state. Its partisan split was evident on another issue Wednesday, when it deadlocked 2-2 on a measure to expand voting, with Democrats for it and Republicans against.

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