State ballot education available

Webinars, white papers available so Michigan voters can learn about three ballot initiatives without bias.

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Michigan voters have a big responsibility when they go to the polls on November 6. In addition to electing individuals to lead their state and county, they will be voting on three ballot issues that could impact the state for years to come. These ballot proposals cover recreational marijuana use, establishment of an independent redistricting commission and voting rights. Two of these proposals, creation of a redistricting commission and voter laws, are constitutional amendments.

Briefly, the three proposal that voters are being asked to decide on:

Recreational marijuana use in Michigan

Proposal 18-1 is the recreational marijuana use proposal. This proposed initiated law is asking if voters should authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age or older and commercials sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers. There are a number of specific points detailing the major aspects of this proposal that voters should be aware of as they make their decision. 

 Redistricting in Michigan

Proposal 18-2 is a proposed constitutional amendment to establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress every 10 years when the state voting districts are redrawn. There are some specific details regarding this ballot including the creation of a 13-member commission randomly selected by the Secretary of State.

 Voting laws in Michigan

Proposal 18-3 is also a proposed constitutional amendment to authorize automatic and Election Day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight ticket voting; and add current legal requirements for military and overseas voting and post-election audits to the Michigan Constitution.

MSU Extension has developed a number of neutral, fact-based opportunities for voters to get more detailed information on each of these important proposals. First, residents can attend one of 12 live forums on the ballot proposals being held around the state on either Monday, October 22 or Tuesday, October 23.  These live forums will include presentations from experts on each ballot proposal followed by a question and answer session. White papers developed by MSU Extension will be provided to each participant.  These live programs will be held in Ann Arbor, Clinton Township, Houghton, East Lansing, Sault Ste. Marie, Scottville, Traverse City on October 22 and in Harbor Springs, East Lansing, Marquette, Roscommon and Waterford on October 23. For more information about the webinars or to register, go to

If you cannot attend one of the live webinars, they will be recorded and available for future viewing at 

MSU Extension also has developed white papers for each proposal detailing the specific language of each ballot, specific points included in each proposal, background information that led up to each proposal and pros and cons of each proposal.  

All of these educational options contain neutral, factual information to inform voters about each issue.

No matter how you decide to vote for the candidates running or these ballot proposals, the important thing is to vote and make your choices knows at the ballot box.

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