Michigan Voters Enshrine Abortion Rights at Big Ballot Party

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It wasn’t until early Wednesday morning that ballot proposal contests were held in Michigan, with all three coming in quick succession from the Associated Press declaring Proposals 1, 2 and 3 all approved by voters.

Polls had shown every ballot measure with support in Michigan, but in a midterm race with much uncertainty over what kind of support Democrats and Republicans had in the state, there was no clear which one might succeed.

The one fact most could agree on about the measures is that they would increase attendance in Michigan.

Proposition 3, which grants states constitutional protections to abortion access in Michigan, was seen as the issue that would drive up the votes. While the abortion amendment may have been the biggest issue, it was also the tightest contest of the three proposals, according to the projections.

Click on our interactive map for the Michigan election here.

Prop 1: Financial Disclosures, Time Limits

The proposal adjusts the time a legislator can serve in the state legislature as an elected leader. It also enforces financial transparency among elected officials by requiring politicians to file statements showing their sources of income, gifts, assets, etc.

Read the full language of the proposal here.

Prop 2: Access to voting

The second proposal expands access to voting in Michigan with several changes to state election law. This includes state-funded mail-in ballot boxes, only allowing election officials to conduct post-election audits, and allowing nine days of early voting.

Read the full language of the proposal here.

Prop 3: Abortion

Proposition 3 gives constitutional protections to abortion by codifying access to medical practice. The successful ballot measure is one of many across the United States that have asked voters about abortion, which has become a defining issue of the midterm races.

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