Wolf Hunting Opponents Resorting to Lawsuits over Petition Collectors

Wolf hunt opponents challenging Michigan law on collecting signatures for ballot questions

LANSING – Animal rights groups opposed to the law authorizing wolf hunting in Michigan have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s restrictions on how signatures must be collected for ballot questions.

The lawsuit, filed electronically on Sunday by a coalition of groups including Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, asks a federal judge to rule that Michigan’s requirement that petition circulators be Michigan residents is an unconstitutional restriction on First Amendment rights…

State law requires each page of a ballot proposal petition be signed by a witness, who must be qualified to vote in Michigan.

Restrictions to keep out-of-staters from doing too much to influence in-state politics without sufficient support from residents seems reasonable to Murdoc. No one’s saying the out-of-staters can’t speak their mind or contribute to the cause. But Michigan politics need to be based on Michigan residents’ efforts. Without enough Michigan work on it, why should Michigan residents have to give two cents to the personal opinion of someone from Florida?