AG Nessel warning Michiganders to beware of deceptive petition circulation

Dana Nessel wins race for Michigan Attorney General
Posted at 1:47 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 13:47:30-04

(WXYZ) — Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning Michiganders to beware of deceptive petition circulation.

There have been several reports in connection to a petition to repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act.

Nessel says reports continue to be filed with state offices about circulators allegedly misleading people about the true nature of the petitions.

The AG's office says that a woman at Eastern Market reported that she was told the petition she was signing was to support the LGBTQ community; she later learned it was the petition to repeal the governor's emergency powers.

“These deceptive practices do not belong in our democratic system, which requires an informed public that participates in the electoral process and makes decisions based on reason and beliefs – not lies and deceit,” Nessel said. “The best defense to this dishonest tactic is knowledge, and I urge voters to read before you sign your name so that you can be sure your support is being directed to the right places.”

Nessel said circulators are often paid per signature collected, so there is an incentive for them to collect as many as possible.