Michigan election board rejects abortion rights initiative

Lansing, Mich.: A Michigan elections board on Wednesday rejected an abortion rights initiative after its two Republican board members voted against putting the proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

The two Democrats on the Board of State Canvassers voted in favor but getting the measure on the ballot required at least three votes of the four-member board. The Reproductive Freedom for All campaign, which gathered signatures to get the measure on the ballot, is expected to appeal to the Democratic-leaning Michigan Supreme Court in the coming days and expressed confidence it would prevail.

The board’s partisan split was evident on another issue Wednesday when it deadlocked 2-2 on a measure to expand voting, with Democrats for it and Republicans against it.

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