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Board of State Canvassers approves ballot language for term limits amendment

A ballot drop box is shown where voters can drop off absentee ballots instead of using the mail in Detroit.
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A ballot drop box is shown where voters can drop off absentee ballots instead of using the mail in Detroit.

A Michigan board approved ballot language for a proposed constitutional amendment on Friday, August 19.

The measure would let state lawmakers serve a total of 12 years between the House and Senate, and require them to submit annual financial disclosure reports.

Opponents, like Keith Allard, argue that financial disclosure piece is only there to get the term limits change through.

"We're going to tell people this doubles the amount of time that people serve in the House of Representatives," Allard said. "That's it. that's all it takes and people are furious about that."

Allard worries the change would let lawmakers who promote conspiracy theories spend more time in one chamber of the Legislature.

“We need a rough measure to get rid of people because, right now, it’s not going to be more effective people," Allard said. "It’s the people we have now who are wearing Q-Anon pins are going to serve 12 years and be standing in front of this body asking to decertify elections. I think that's a real problem."

But “Voters for Term Limits and Transparency” spokesperson Josh Pugh is dismissing critics.

“It’s no surprise voters are going to continue to hear them say a lot of different things," Pugh said. "But they’ll have their chance in 81 days to have their voices heard at the ballot box and we’re really looking forward to that.”

Pugh believes the wording is a victory for the people of Michigan.

"Really looking forward to first, an end to the days where Michigan is one of only two states in the country where politicians can keep their finances completely in the dark, so looking forward to long overdue reforms to bring a stop to that. And also, reforming term limits." Pugh said.