Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 2, 2010

Voters reject constitutional convention


Associated Press

— DETROIT — Michigan voters again have decided against allowing a broad rewrite of the state's 1963 constitution.

Proposal 1 was failing 68 percent to 32 percent Tuesday with 26 percent of precincts reporting.

Michigan voters are automatically asked every 16 years whether they want to authorize a convention to rewrite the constitution. Similar proposals failed in 1978 and 1994.

Opponents said the measure was too costly and would slow down work by incoming governor Rick Snyder and the new Michigan Legislature.

Michigan voters approved Proposal 2, which calls for government officials convicted of felonies that breach the public trust to be banned from office for 20 years.

Proposal 2 was passing 76 percent to 24 percent with 26 percent of precincts reporting.