On June 14, the Michigan State Court of Appeals, in effect, has put a statewide referendum back on the Michigan ballot. Earlier, the State Board of Canvassers had taken it off the ballot, on the ground that the font size on the petition was slightly different than the required font. See this story. It is still possible the Michigan Supreme Court will reverse the State Court of Appeals. The case is Stand Up for Democracy v Secretary of State, 310047.
The decision actually was released on June 8, but the 3-judge panel had stayed its own decision, while all the judges considered whether to rehear the case. But on June 14, the other judges said they didn’t wish the case reheard. The June 8 opinion says that the petition font really was too small, but that the panel is bound by a 2002 decision that says substantial compliance is good enough. The law requires 14-point font and the court concluded that the petition used 12-point font. Font sizes are sometimes ambiguous and date back to a French standard established in 1737. Thanks to Thomas Jones for the link.