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Supreme Court to hear arguments in voter rights case

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The Michigan Supreme Court has scheduled a special hearing next month.

The subject is a legal challenge to a law that imposes new requirements on petition drives.

The Republican-controlled Legislature adopted this statute following successful petition campaigns that changed laws dealing with marijuana, redistricting, and voting rights.
 

Mark Brewer is an attorney representing groups challenging the law. He says new rules create detailed requirements for petition campaigns that make it pretty much impossible for them to succeed.

“Those requirements are unconstitutional because they impose an excessive burden on people attempting to qualify issues for the ballot.”  

The Supreme Court has set a hearing date of March 11th aa after agreeing to take the case. Republicans say they acted within the rules set by the state constitution when they changed the petition law.

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.