“Sixth Circuit Refuses to Stay U.S. District Court Opinion that Gave Ballot Access Relief to Michigan Initiatives”


On July 2, the Sixth Circuit issued an order in SawariMedia v Whitmer, 20-1594. This is the case over whether Michigan must give ballot access relief to initiative proponents. The U.S. District Court had said the state must either cut the number of signatures, or give substantially more time to finish the petition. Michigan asked for a stay, but the Sixth Circuit refused the state’s request.

The three judges were Eric L. Clay, a Clinton appointee; Alan E. Norris, a Reagan appointee; and Joan Larsen, a Trump appointee. Larsen was formerly on the Michigan Supreme Court.


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