Democracy Canon Makes Cameo Appearance in Detroit Mayor’s Race

Detroit News:

Mayoral candidate Mike Duggan was certified Thursday to run for mayor by the city’s election commission, but the controversy continues over whether he met City Charter residency requirements….

But Duggan’s attorney, Melvin “Butch” Hollowell, said he was pleased with Thursday’s ruling and he’s not concerned about a possible legal challenge. If there is ambiguity over the interpretation over the charter, “you resolve that in favor of letting the people decide (and) giving access to the ballot,” he said.

I haven’t seen the papers in th is case, but it looks like Mr. Hollowell is making reference to the “Democracy Canon,” which I explained and defended in this Stanford Law Review article.

*(H/t Sam Bagenstos)


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