Is there anything in Michigan that is not corrupt? That is a rhetorical question and the answer is no. Now, it’s the Board of State Canvassers, who have refused to certify a petition because they claimed they were skeptical about then signatures on the petition and indeed 80,000 were refused.
However, that leaves the petition with 460,000 valid signatures when only 340,000 were needed. That looks like a no-brainer to me.
In a unanimous vote, the Michigan Supreme Court ordered the immediate certification so that the legislature can then strip emergency power from Gov Whitmer.
The vote in the legislature is a lock to vote to strip Whitmer of emergency powers which she cannot veto. The state may finally be able to open up for business.
Democratic state Attorney General Dana Nessel announced a day before the board’s vote deadlocked the petition that her office found that Unlock Michigan had used sleazy tactics in gathering signatures for the petition but had to admit that no laws were broken. That was in April and the four members voted on a party-line not to certify the petition by a 2-2 vote. They now have no choice but to certify it.
Unlock Michigan argued in a legal complaint:
“Instead of performing its ministerial duty to certify the Unlock Michigan petition, the Board shirked its duty and instead discussed investigating Unlock Michigan’s petition-gathering methods and promulgating certain rules.”
Once the petition has been officially certified, the Michigan legislature can vote to end Whitmer’s emergency powers. Whitmer does not have a say in the matter and cannot veto the legislation. They can then officially open for business in the state.
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In October, the high court ruled against Whitmer’s executive orders made under the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act, saying in a 4-3 decision the law is “an unlawful delegation of legislative power to the executive branch in violation of the Michigan Constitution.”
“We urge the Michigan House and Senate to act promptly to finally strike this awful law from the books forever,” Fred Wszolek, spokesman for Unlock Michigan, told the Detroit Free Press following the Friday order.