Video Shows How Justices Markman and Zahra Have Denied Ballot Access
LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party today released a new video highlighting Michigan Supreme Court Justices Stephen Markman and Brian Zahra and their decisions disenfranchising voters by denying ballot proposals and candidates access to the ballot.
“The right to vote is one of the most important and cherished principles of our democracy,” said MDP Chair Mark Brewer. “In addition, the right of voters to decide important issues for themselves via ballot initiatives is a time-honored constitutional right here in Michigan. However, Justices Markman and Zahra would have denied Michigan voters the opportunity to weigh in on the controversial emergency manager law. Markman has also ruled to deny ballot access in two other Supreme Court cases. Why don’t Markman and Zahra trust Michigan voters? Their opinions shouldn’t count more than the collective voice of more than seven million registered voters.”
While the majority of the Court ruled to allow the ballot question repealing the emergency manager law to go before voters in November, Markman and Zahra would have denied voters the chance to decide this issue (Stand Up for Democracy v. Secretary of State, S.Ct. No. 145387, 2012). In addition, Markman joined decisions that kept another ballot question (MUCC v. Secretary of State, 464 Mich. 359, 2001) and a candidate (Martin v. Secretary of State, 482 Mich. 956, 2008) off the ballot in Michigan.
Watch the video online here: