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Getting a state constitutional amendment on the ballot is a lot harder than it sounds, as many groups have found out over the years.

You have to have the manpower and patience and discipline to collect 315,654 valid signatures within six months. Some of the signatures are always thrown out, often because some people sign twice or aren’t registered to vote.

Normally, the only way you make it is if you have the money to pay professionals to get signatures, usually at the going rate of a dollar a name or more. But the grass roots group Voters Not Politicians got more than 425,000 in less than four months, and did it entirely with volunteers. Early this fall, I saw people standing in line at Detroit’s Eastern Market for a chance to sign their petitions, something I’ve never seen before.

The fight against gerrymandering faces its next obstacle

Getting a state constitutional amendment on the ballot is a lot harder than it sounds, as many groups have found out over the years.


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