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2018 Ballot Issues


2018 Statewide Ballot Proposals

There will be 3 statewide ballot proposals this November.

Proposal 18-1
A proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers

This proposal would:

  • Allow individuals 21 and older to purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption.
  • Impose a 10-ounce limit for marijuana kept at residences and require amounts over 2.5 ounces be secured in locked containers.
  • Create a state licensing system for marijuana businesses and allow municipalities to ban or restrict them.
  • Permit retail sales of marijuana and edibles subject to a 10% tax, dedicated to implementation costs, clinical trials, schools, roads, and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located.
  • Change several current violations from crimes to civil infractions.

Read complete ballot wording here

Proposal 18-2
A proposed constitutional amendment to establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress, every 10 years.

This proposed constitutional amendment would:

  • Create a commission of 13 registered voters randomly selected by the Secretary of State:

    o 4 each who self-identify as affiliated with the 2 major political parties; and

    o 5 who self-identify as unaffiliated with major political parties.

  • Prohibit partisan officeholders and candidates, their employees, certain relatives, and lobbyists from serving as commissioners.
  • Establish new redistricting criteria including geographically compact and contiguous districts of equal population, reflecting Michigan's diverse population and communities of interest. Districts shall not provide disproportionate advantage to political parties or candidates.
  • Require an appropriation of funds for commission operations and commissioner compensation.

Read complete ballot wording here

Proposal 18-3
A proposal to authorize automatic and Election Day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight ticket voting; and add current legal requirements for military and overseas voting and postelection audits to the Michigan Constitution

This proposed constitutional amendment would allow a United States citizen who is qualified to vote in Michigan to:

  • Become automatically registered to vote when applying for, updating or renewing a driver's license or state-issued personal identification card, unless the person declines.
  • Simultaneously register to vote with proof of residency and obtain a ballot during the 2-week period prior to an election, up to and including Election Day.
  • Obtain an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.
  • Cast a straight-ticket vote for all candidates of a particular political party when voting in a partisan general election

Read complete ballot wording here

The annual Kick-Off meeting will be at the GP War Memorial this year on Sept. 27 that will feature a PowerPoint presentation on these issues which will be on the ballot in November.


The League of Women Voters of Michigan supports the Promote the Vote constitutional amendment because of the belief that voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed. It supports provisions to increase the security, convenience, and accessibility of voting so that everyone's voice is heard.

For the PROMOTE the VOTE ballot initiative--League members and others will be collecting signatures with plans to have the proposal on the ballot in November 2018. To change the Constitution, a majority of Michigan voters have to approve the proposed amendment. The Legislature cannot change the Constitution without a vote of the people

The PROMOTE the VOTE ballot initiative would amend Michigan's Constitution to:

  • Protect the right to vote a secret ballot Promote The Vote
  • Ensure military service members and overseas voters get their ballots in time for their votes to count
  • Provide voters with the option to vote straight party
  • Automatically register citizens to vote at the Secretary of State's office unless the citizen declines
  • Permit citizens to register to vote by mail or in person until 15 days before an election
  • Allow citizens to register to vote in person with proof of residency within two weeks of and on Election Day
  • Provide all registered voters access to an absentee ballot for any reason
  • Ensure the accuracy and integrity of elections by auditing election results

For additional information, check out this brief powerpoint

Check out Promote the Vote here


Michigan Supreme Court votes 4-3 to keep redistricting proposal on ballot

LWVMI Celebrates Redistricting Reform Victory.
Initiative will Appear on the November Ballot

Lansing, MI: The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, 7/31/18, to keep the redistricting ballot initiative on the November ballot. The League of Women Voters state president Judy Karndjeff issued the following statement:

"The League of Women Voters of Michigan is thrilled that the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission will be on the November ballot. We will work for the passage of this proposal which would end partisan gerrymandering in Michigan. The League supports this independent process to allow voters to choose their politicians, instead of the other way around. This year Michigan voters will have the chance to change the way their districts are drawn following the 2020 Census. This is a victory for Michigan voters and our democracy."

Read more about it here

Check out Voters Not Politicians here

Status of Ballot Proposals

Are you wondering what the status of Michigan's ballot proposals are? The Secretary of State compiles a list of proposals and their status.

Check out the status of pending proposals here.


Today, July 9, 2018 the Promote the Vote campaign submitted 430,000 signatures to the Michigan Secretary of State.  We are so proud of our coalition - ACLU, NAACP, MI League for Public Policy, LWVMI and others!  Thank you!

The League of Women Voters of Michigan is so proud of all the men and women who have gathered signatures to place Promote the Vote on the ballot.  We thank the local Leagues for leading the efforts in their communities.

We want a voting system that works for all Michigan Citizens.  We want voting to be more accessible.  We want to ensure votes are secure and counted.                                                                               
You can watch our press conference at LWVMI's facebook page!                 

Now we will need your help to educate voters about this proposal!  Please sign up to help at or volunteer with your local League!                                                                                       
We look forward to passing this proposal in November! 
Judy Karandjeff, President


The League of Women Voters believes voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed. It is why LWV was founded over 98 years ago.

LWVMI has joined with other entities throughout Michigan to support the Promote the Vote ballot proposal. This proposal represents the core of the League's purpose and values.

A core committee is spearheading our LWVGP efforts to "Promote the Vote." We have copies of the petitions, have printed brochures explaining the ballot proposal, and have directions for circulators.

We are holding an information and training session on

Thursday, April 5
7 p.m.
GP Central Library Program Room
10 Kercheval Ave, GPF 48236

At this meeting, which is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, we will present a brief powerpoint about the ballot proposal, review the directions for circulators, and distribute the petitions. We hope to see MANY of our members there.

We hope that EVERY LWVGP member will become involved in some way.
The collection of over 400,000 signatures from registered Michigan voters needs to be done by June.

Here is the link to the Google Form to sign up for our LWVGP Promote the Vote effort.

We also have a FACEBOOK PAGE devoted to Promote the Vote. Please like the page, and share the posts there on your own page and with other groups you are involved with.

We hope you are as excited as we are about getting this proposal on the ballot, and then working to ensure its passage in November by a majority of voters.

Brief PowerPoint Introduction
PromoteTheVOTE Website