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Ward Connerly ballot petition okayed in Michigan

A Michigan Court of Appeals ruling has reinstated a petition drive to put an anti-affirmative action measure on the fall ballot.

In a seven-page opinion dated Friday, the unanimous three-judge appeals panel overturned a March ruling in Ingham County Circuit Court that the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative was improperly worded and likely to confuse voters.

The decision removes a major obstacle for the campaign led by Ward Connerly, a California businessman and affirmative action opponent, The Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press and The Ann Arbor News reported.

But MCRI spokesman Chetly Zarko said that, although he was elated by the court's decision, it may have come too late to salvage the petition drive for the 2004 ballot. -- Appellate court overturns MCRI petition drive ruling (Michigan Daily)