Michigan Supreme Court, by a Vote of 4-3, Puts Referendum on Ballot Despite Small Font Size

On August 3, the Michigan Supreme Court voted to keep a referendum on the November 2012 statewide ballot. The case is Stand Up for Democracy v Secretary of State, 145387. The Board of State Canvassers had kept it off the ballot because the law says such petitions must be in 14 size font and this petition apparently had print that was somewhat smaller, although that is not settled and different experts have different opinions. Computerized printing has made such standards somewhat arbitrary. Here is the opinion.

Justice Mary Beth Kelly wrote the controlling opinion. She feels the font size was correct. Three other justices did not, but they felt that substantial compliance is sufficient. Those four, voting together even though they don’t agree with each, provide the four votes to keep the measure on the ballot. Three other justices felt that the font size was too small and that strict compliance is necessary. Thanks to Thomas Jones for this news.


  1. Demo Rep · · Reply

    Fully expect ALL of the EVIL New Age incumbent gerrymander monster monarchs / oligarchs to STRIKE BACK against ALL petitions with their rigged ANTI-Democracy laws.

    The WAR for REAL Democracy continues against such EVIL monarchs/oligarchs — i.e. the EVIL special interest gangs in ALL governments.
    P.R. and nonpartisan App.V. — via EQUAL nominating petitions — having whatever font size is in vogue at the moment.

    Does ALL election law stuff have to be put into a Constitution ??? — to STOP the EVIL robot party hacks from playing their EVIL nonstop rig the results stuff.

  2. Larry Allred · · Reply

    Michiganders who want to pull the state towards a democracy got help from Justice Mary Beth Kelly. Justices Young, Markman and Zahra are unworthy and need to be replaced by voters who are biased in favor of voters.

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