Most people have a general idea about the seemingly simple process for local ballot initiatives. Many clerks may even have a standard process that is applied to every ballot initiative petition submitted. The problem is that there is not a single legal process that applies to all local ballot initiatives. Each type of ballot initiative has its own statute that provides its own requirements. We want to be sure that your township’s role in the ballot initiative review process is beyond reproach, particularly when contentious matters are at issue and parties on either side may seek to challenge a decision to approve or deny. Attorneys Steve Koski and Jacob Fox will highlight some of the issues they have seen in township reviews of ballot initiative processes, including:
• Establishing the proper scope of a township’s review of petitions.
• Determining all applicable legal requirements for the ballot initiative at issue.
• Understanding the interplay between the ballot initiative statute and the Michigan Election Law.
• Rendering decisions and communicating with petitioners.
Join us to help ensure that your township has in place the best possible review process for local ballot initiatives!