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LGBT rights campaigners vow court fight after petition drive stalls

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The Michigan Court of Appeals is the next stop for the petition campaign to add LTBTQ protections to the state civil rights law.

Fair and Equal Michigan wants to get its initiative before the Legislature or onto the 2022 ballot. That effort was stalled by a finding that its signature-gathering campaign fell short. That determination was affirmed by a 4-to-zero vote by the bipartisan Board of State Canvassers.

Campaign attorney Steven Liedel wants the state elections bureau to do a recount and include electronic signatures in its random sample.

“The core of our argument is that the signatures can’t be invalidated because they were submitted electronically.”

Liedel says the state already allows electronic signatures for other legal documents and petitions should be no exception. He says the challenge will be filed in 5 to 10 days.

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
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