This fight in Michigan has carried on since March 2011, when Gov. Rick Snyder signed Public Act #4 into law.
The letter addressed to Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, cites state authorities are using delay tactics to nullify petitions signed on behalf of over 223,000 Michigan registered voters. The letter allege that the State of Michigan administrative tribunals and court system are in violation of Section 2 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1973).
"Let the petitions go free and put the question on the ballot now," stated NAACP Detroit President Wendell Anthony at the press conference held at the organization offices on Second Avenue in Detroit. "Why are the people in urban communities being denied access to the ballot?" Anthony questioned.
Communities with a high minority population of Benton Harbor and Pontiac, along with public school districts of Detroit, Muskegon Heights, Benton Harbor and Highland Park are under the authority of a emergency manager.
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Secretary of State certification of receiving
the over 250K signed signatures on petitions
to have a vote on Public Act #4 February 2012.
"We have our eyes on the court," Anthony stated. "We are willing to see that the will of the people is upheld."
"Is our vote being depressed to impact the outcome of the upcoming Presidential Election in this state?" Anthony questioned.
"It's discouraging to find people who are not taking our votes and signatures on the petitions seriously," Father Thomas replied. "All we're asking for is it to be placed on the ballot and let the people decide."
"We will fight this by any means necessary," Attorney Sanders stated. "The denial of self-determination clearly violates the entire voting process."
"If the (Michigan) Supreme Court would have denied hearing this case, the Court of Appeals ruling would have stood," Hollowell stated. "The Michigan Supreme Court has not agreed to take the case and make a final ruing, after oral arguments was made before the court. At this point, we're asking for the Department of Justice to intervene."