This Morning: Break down of state-wide proposals on November ballot, how to learn more

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Michigan voters will decide 3 state-wide 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

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.

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.

Michigan residents looking to learn more about the 3 state-wide proposals appearing on the November ballot can attend Michigan State University Extension’s statewide ballot proposal forums on Oct. 22 or 23 from 6 to 8:30pm.

Participants can attend the forums in person, at one of the 10 satellite locations or online via Facebook Live or webinar.

A link to both will be available on the MSU Extension website at http://www.canr.msu.edu/vote2018.

The forums hosting the expert panel will be held on the MSU campus both days in Room 117 Berkey Hall, 509 East Circle Drive, East Lansing MI 48824.

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