Michigan groups want emergency manager petitions certified

Attorney Melvin Hollowell files motion in Detroit asking judges within 7 days to compel the State Board of Canvassers to meet, certify the petitions

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DETROIT - A coalition of groups is asking the state appeals court to force canvassers to put a measure on the November ballot calling for a repeal of Michigan's emergency manager law.

Attorney Melvin Hollowell filed a motion Wednesday with the court in Detroit, asking judges within seven days to compel the State Board of Canvassers to meet and certify the petitions. The groups face an Aug. 27 ballot deadline.

The 2011 law allows the governor to appoint emergency managers over financially stressed cities and school districts.

The Stand Up for Democracy coalition collected 203,238 valid voter signatures, about 40,000 more than needed.

Canvassers tied 2-2 along party lines on whether to approve it after critics said the size of the print on the petition was too small and violated state law.

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