LANSING — The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of Chair Lavora Barnes, following today’s State Supreme Court decision.

“Led by Mike Shirkey, Unlock Michigan’s unethical and illegal practices make a mockery of the initiative process and are an affront to our democratic ideals,” said Lavora Barnes, MDP Chair. “And though I am disappointed in today’s decision by the State Supreme Court, we continue to stand with the Democratic Board of Canvassers Members Jeanette Bradshaw and Julie Matuzak for voting not to certify this illegal and unethical petition and for being gatekeepers of the integrity of our election process and our Democracy. Sadly, the Supreme Court decision has opened the door for the illegal conduct to continue on future ballot drives like the imminent Republican voter suppression effort which is why this decision is so disappointing.”


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