Case: Fair and Equal Michigan v. Benson

20-00095 | Michigan state trial court

Filed Date: 2020

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

Add to the Summary:NOTE: This case is being tracked in close to real time by the Stanford/MIT Healthy Elections Project. So for information, see their tracker. According to their summary as of 11/19/2020, Michigan’s constitution allows its citizens to propose legislation through initiatives, which result from petitions: (a) signed by at least eight percent of the total vote cast for all gubernatorial candidates in the prior election, with such signatures collected at least 180 days before fili…

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NOTE: This case is being tracked in close to real time by the Stanford/MIT Healthy Elections Project. So for information, see their tracker.

According to their summary as of 11/19/2020,

Michigan’s constitution allows its citizens to propose legislation through initiatives, which result from petitions: (a) signed by at least eight percent of the total vote cast for all gubernatorial candidates in the prior election, with such signatures collected at least 180 days before filing the petition; and (b) submitted at least 160 days before the November 3, 2020 general election. Plaintiffs alleged that, due to social distancing orders put in place in light of COVID-19, gathering signatures in support of petitions became significantly more difficult. Plaintiffs sought a declaration that the timing requirements for petitions were unconstitutional and injunctive relief relaxing the timing requirements for petitions that otherwise met the signature quantity requirements. Plaintiffs also sought declaration that the Michigan constitution's threshold signature requirements conflicted with other state constitutional rights and injunctive relief reducing the number of signatures required.

People


Judge(s)

Stephens, Cynthia (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Asher, Kyle M. (Michigan)

Fitzsimons, Lauren (Michigan)

Gordon, Gary P. (Michigan)

Hanselman, Jason T (Michigan)

Liedel, Steven C. (Michigan)

Judge(s)

Stephens, Cynthia (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Asher, Kyle M. (Michigan)

Fitzsimons, Lauren (Michigan)

Gordon, Gary P. (Michigan)

Hanselman, Jason T (Michigan)

Liedel, Steven C. (Michigan)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Verified Complaint for Immediate Declaratory and Injunctive Relief

May 26, 2020 Complaint

Opinion and Order

June 10, 2020 Order/Opinion

Resources

Title Description External URL

Fair and Equal Mich. v. Benson

Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project

Michigan’s constitution allows its citizens to propose legislation through initiatives, which result from petitions: (a) signed by at least eight percent of the total vote cast for all gubernatorial … Nov. 19, 2020 https://healthyelections-case-tracker.stanford.edu/detail?id=58

Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Michigan

Case Type(s):

Election/Voting Rights

Special Collection(s):

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Healthy Elections COVID litigation tracker

Key Dates

Filing Date: 2020

Case Ongoing: Yes