It's not over!
Join our campaign today to ban fracking and frack wastes in Michigan.
We did not have enough signatures to get on the 2016 ballot, but we are continuing to collect signatures for the 2018 election. We gathered over 207,000 signatures from Michigan voters--in person--from May 2015 to June 1, 2016. Originally we thought we had a 180-day time frame. However, according to the state constitution, Article 2 section 9, there is no time deadline for statutory initiatives. We filed a lawsuit against the state on June 1, 2016 that challenges the unconstitutionality of MCL 168.472a, the statute that limits signature collecting to 180 days, and any law that restricts the people's constitutionally-guaranteed right to statutory initiative. That lawsuit was declared "not ripe" that is, we sued too soon. We disagree, of course, but the courts have now said we must first collect all our signatures, file them with the state, the old signatures would not be counted and only THEN can we sue. It's wrong, it makes no legal sense, but that is what the courts are directing us to do.
We won't stop till we win! So please join us. The only way we'll win and get our proposal on the ballot is if we collect the signatures and win this in court on the merits when we file a new lawsuit.
The more we get out there, the more Michiganders are finding out about the harms of fracking, and the more they don't want fracking to continue.
Now help us get all the way on the ballot.
We're getting closer! Exactly 252,523 valid signatures are required to qualify for the ballot. In addition to that we need to collect many more as a buffer (300,000 to 350,000 total) to make sure we have enough valid ones. Your help is urgently needed!
We welcome and need your financial support. It's through the support of individuals, businesses and organizations that we will make it on the ballot and win. We need funds to verify signatures and hire some paid circulators in areas of the state where we do not have enough volunteers. And once we're on the ballot, we will host educational forums, need campaign literature, and do Get-Out-The-Vote campaigning. Thank you for pitching in!