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Michigan: appeals court sets fast schedule for approval of ballot language for "Civil Rights Initiative"

AP reports: The Michigan Court of Appeals is trusting a state elections panel will do its duty and approve ballot language for a proposal that would ban some affirmative action programs in the state.

The Board of State Canvassers is supposed to approve statements of purpose that appear on ballot proposals to explain their intent to voters. But a group sponsoring the November 2006 ballot proposal to ban race and gender preferences in university admissions and government hiring sought to bypass the canvassers and have the appeals court directly approve its own suggested language.

The appeals court rejected the request late Thursday, saying state elections officials should follow the normal process for arriving at the proposed constitutional amendment's ballot language.

But the court is speeding up the process for the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative proposal. The court order calls for state elections officials to submit proposed language by Jan. 6, and for canvassers to approve the language by Jan. 20. -- mlive.com: NewsFlash - Court sets timeframe for anti-affirmative action petition

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