Election Board Rejects Michigan Pro-Abortion Initiative

Board of State Canvassers rejected pro-abortion initiative after two Republican members voted against putting proposed constitutional amendment on November ballot

  • Two Democrats on the board voted in favor, but getting measure on the ballot required at least three yes votes of the four-member panel.
  • Reproductive Freedom for All campaign, which gathered signatures to get the measure on ballot, expected to appeal to the Democratic-leaning state Supreme Court.
  • Board’s administrative, clerical work on elections once carried out in obscurity, but drew national attention in 2020 when President Trump challenged election results.
  • “The board was supposed to do one thing today and affirm that we had the signatures,” said a Reproductive Freedom for All spokeswoman.
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