LANSING—Let MI Kids Learn, an initiative drive that would set up a tax-incentivized school voucher program, submitted signatures on Wednesday to the Michigan Board of State Canvassers in hopes that the Republican-controlled legislature can unilaterally pass the package by the end of the year.
The DeVos-funded proposal joins Secure MI Vote in pushing for a swift review of their signatures by the Bureau of Elections, despite having overshot the legal deadline to turn in signatures for 2022 by two months.
The two citizen-initiated drives with prominent conservative backers appear to share the same goal: to have the Michigan House and Senate vote them into law before the legislative session expires, circumventing a citizen vote and a governor veto.
“It’s completely anti-democratic,” said Nancy Wang, executive director of Voters Not Politicians, a voters advocacy group that opposes Secure MI Vote. “It makes no sense with our system of government, because it allows a legislature like ours that is completely out of touch with what voters want pass laws that no one wants and do an end run around voters and the governor.”
This story was originally published by The ‘Gander Newsroom. Read more here: https://gandernewsroom.com/2022/08/12/two-conservative-backed-initiative-campaigns-submit-signatures-what-happens-now/