NAACP asks feds to enter fray over ballot measure

August 2, 2012
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The Detroit Branch of the NAACP has sent letters to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade asking that the Justice Department assist the organization in its attempts to have a referendum on the state’s controversial emergency manager law placed on the November ballot.

Intervention by the feds is justified, the letter asserts, “when a state uses its processes to intentionally deny a federal right, such as the precious right to vote. …”

The letter is signed by NAACP Chapter President the Rev. Wendell Anthony, general counsel Melvin “Butch” Hollowell and Executive Director Donnell R. White.

The Michigan Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week on the issue of whether a dispute over the font size of petition headings should prevent the proposed referendum from being placed on the ballot. After a 2-2 vote of the state Board of Canvassers prevented the measure from moving forward — despite the fact that far more valid signatures than necessary were collected — the Michigan Court of Appeals ordered that the measure should be allowed to go before voters.

A business group opposing the referendum, Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, appealed that decision to the state Supreme Court, which has yet to decide whether it will take up the case. Meanwhile, the window of opportunity for the Board of Canvassers to place the measure on the ballot is closing. The deadline is Aug. 27.

“State of Michigan administrative tribunals and Michigan courts are using delaying tactics to nullify the right of the people of the state to exercise their federal right to vote during the November 6, 2012 general election, to repeal” the emergency manager law, formally known as Public Act 4, the letter says.

Efforts to keep people from voting on the law, which “strips duly elected officials of the executive and legislative duties and replaces them with unelected officials appointed by the Governor,” are clearly a violation of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the NAACP officials argue.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/SirWinstoneChurchill Winston Blake

    NAACP = Kwaanza Kook Klan

  • Guest

    THIS MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAW HAS BEEN A BOON TO OUR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, PROSECUTORS, LOCAL AND STATE POLICE AS WELL AS LAWYERS!!! IT CREATED A MASSIVE JOBS MARKET THAT IS MAKING THESE OFFICIALS PRETTY DAMNED GOOD PAY, BY RAIDING AND CHARGING LEGAL CARD HOLDERS WITH POSSESSION AND RUNNING DRUG HOUSES!!!

  • Guest

    SINCE IT TAKES FIVE TO SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETELY GROW, HARVEST, DRY, AND CURE MEDICAL MARIJUANA BEFORE IT CAN BE USED, HOW IS ONLY TWO AND ONE HALF OUNCES OF MARIJUANA OUT OF TWELVE PLANTS SUPPOSED TO BE AN ADEQUATE AMOUNT TO POSSESS, FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS IF WE ARE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A CONTINUED AMOUNT OF MEDICINE??? FIRST OF ALL ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO KILL OFF TEN OF YOUR TWELVE PLANTS AT HARVEST TO MAINTAIN THE LEGAL TWO AND ONE HALF OUNCES AFTER SPENDING HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS A WEEK TO GROW THE PLANTS, THEN GO OUT AND BUY TWO AND ONE HALF OUNCES OF MARIJUANA EVERY TWO WEEKS AT A COST OF FOUR TO FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS AN OUNCE TO MAINTAIN YOUR MEDICAL NEED!!! IT IS NOT ONLY A LAW THAT BENEFITS THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, LOCAL AND STATE POLICE, PROSECUTORS AND LAWYERS IT ALSO BURDENS MEDICAL MARIJUANA USERS, WE WOULD HAVE TO BE RICH OR BE GETTING KICK BACKS LIKE THE LAW MAKERS DO THAT MAKE THESE STUPID LAWS TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO KEEP AN ADEQUATE AMOUNT OF MEDICINE TO USE!!!