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WXYZ Editorial: Don't forget to pay close attention to the 2020 ballot proposals

Posted at 7:10 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 19:10:58-04

WXYZ DETROIT — If you’ve already filled out your 2020 General Election ballot and returned it to your local clerk’s office, congratulations! You’ve carried out an important civic responsibility. If you haven’t voted yet, you still have plenty of time and options. Voting in Michigan has never been easier!

But first, go to wxyz.com to pull up your sample ballot. It will be filled with candidates seeking a wide range of national, state and local offices. Depending on where you live, you may be asked to adopt or reject some local issues, referendums or millage proposals. Take time to carefully understand what you are voting for or against. Most of the proposals are wordy. So, you may want to go to the websites of the non-partisan League of Women Voters or Citizens Research Council of Michigan for more background information.

There will also be two statewide initiatives on everyone’s ballot. Proposal 1 is a proposed constitutional amendment. If passed, it will allow money from oil and gas mining on state-owned lands to be collected and used for land protection and upkeep of public recreation and nature areas. It would also have financial impact on the State Parks Endowment Fund and the Natural Resources Trust Fund.

Proposal 2 is also a constitutional amendment question. If passed, if would require a search warrant in order to access a person’s electronic data or electronic communications. On both statewide proposals, you have the power to decide if you will vote them up or down.

Remember, the best kind of voter is an informed voter who has done his or her homework before casting that important ballot.

I’m Chuck Stokes, Editorial Director
Broadcast: October 22 - 25, 2020