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A closer look at 2018 ballot proposals

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Michigan voters have a lot of big decisions to make in the next few weeks…a new governor, three major ballot proposals and many state and local leadership positions.

The "League of Women Voters" hosted a public forum on Thursday night to take a closer look at each of the proposals voters can expect to see on next month's ballot.

The group put together a non-partisan presentation breaking down what each of the proposals mean and describing how those issues would impact our state.

The organization then opened up the room for any questions.

Part of the presentation was also a chance for the "League of Women Voters" to reveal its stance on the proposals. The group says it's endorsed proposals two and three, but are not taking a stance on proposal one.

As far as why the group finds it important to host community forums like this, the Vice President tells 6 News it comes down to being an informed voter.

“We have a participatory democracy and in order for that to work people really do need to be informed about what choices they're making and what will be the impact of those choices so we feel it's very important and it's one of the purposes of the league of women voters is to make sure that people are engaged in an informed manner,” said Ann Marston; Vice President for Program; League of Women Voters of Lansing.

Many would agree that next month's mid-term election is one of the most important elections not just across the state, but nationwide too.

So to help you become more informed on what you'll be voting on, here's a break down of each of the ballot proposals:

To legalize recreational marijuana across the state, or not? This is the question voters will decide on next month with "proposal one."

If passed, people 21 years of age or older will be allowed to purchase and possess marijuana, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants in their homes.

Someone over 21 could keep up to 2.5 ounces on their person and up to 10 ounces in their home.

The proposal would also change current criminal violations to civil infractions.

"Proposal two" is a bill that is designed to eliminate gerrymandering. That's where some claim politicians manipulate voting districts to benefit their own party.

This proposal would take that power away from politicians and hand it over to a committee of citizens.

"Proposal three" is all about voting rights in Michigan. The ballot initiative would allow same-day voting meaning a person who registers on election day, can head to the polls right away.

It would also allow “no-reason absentee voting” and straight ticket voting.

To learn more information about the ballot proposals, we've posted a link under the "Seen on 6" section of our website.


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