Sixth Circuit United States Court of Appeals: “there is no fundamental right to vote for local officials”…


Date: September 13, 2016

01) In light of federal appeals decision, do Michiganders have right to vote for local leaders?

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“A federal appeals court has upheld Michigan’s emergency manager law.

The Sixth Circuit United States Court of Appeals says the law does not violate voting rights, and it does not racially discriminate.

The court’s opinion says there is no fundamental right to vote for local officials. It also says the state has a legitimate interest in fixing financially struggling local governments.

In light of Monday’s ruling, where does Michigan go from here?

Wayne State University law professor Peter Hammer will be part of a panel exploring that question tomorrow at a forum put on by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University.

Hammer joined us today to talk about the ruling.”

This is related to the Flint water crisis, where numerous children and adults were being poisoned…and the state government which had seized oversight of this issue, refused to do anything about it.

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