Monday, November 19, 2007

Supreme Court Asked to Preserve MI Primary

From the the Michigan GOP;

Monday, November 19, 2007 (517) 487-5413
Supreme Court Asked to Preserve MI Primary
Democrat-Controlled State House Still Has Time to Pass Legislation to 'Fix' Primary and Allow Voters to Decide Nominees
LANSING -- While the state of Michigan today appealed to the state Supreme Court in an effort to save the Jan. 15 presidential primary, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saulius “Saul” Anuzis called on Democrat Speaker Andy Dillon to immediately take up legislation that would preserve the constitutionality of the presidential contest and give Michigan voters the voice they deserve.
“Republicans support a presidential primary, Governor Granholm supports a presidential primary, the vast majority of independent-minded Michigan voters support a primary. What part of that don’t House Democrats understand?” Anuzis asked. “I am confident that the state will prevail on its appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court because of the overwhelming public good a presidential primary creates. But Democrats in the Michigan House could solve this issue once and for all by immediately passing legislation that Senate Republicans sent them two weeks ago.”
The Republican-led Michigan Senate passed a legislative ‘fix’ after a state court judge ruled the entire primary unconstitutional over concerns of how primary voter lists would handled. A Michigan Court of Appeals panel last week refused to overturn the lower court’s ruling on the primary.
The Senate legislation addresses constitutional concerns raised by Ingham County Circuit Court Judge William Collette, and it also restores all Democrat presidential candidates to the primary ballot. This legislation is similar to laws in other states and would place on Michigan’s ballot the names of candidates who participate in other primaries or caucuses. Michigan’s law won't require them to participate, but it will simply require their name to appear on the ballot.
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