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No final word on whether LGBT rights measure will be on ballot

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The campaign to expand Michigan’s civil right law to include protections for LGBT people has been given more time to prove it’s gathered enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.

The Fair and Equal Michigan campaign is challenging a finding by the state elections bureau that it fell short of the required number of signatures.

The campaign says it wrongly excluded many signatures of voters and sometimes entire sheets of petition signatures.

Campaign chair Trevor Thomas says Fair and Equal Michigan was given only two days’ notice of the finding.

“And so we are laser-focused on making sure that Fair and Equal Michigan has a fair shot to the ballot.”

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers agreed to an extension and will make a determination at its July 26th meeting.