On August 3, the Michigan Supreme Court voted to keep a referendum on the November 2012 statewide ballot. The case is Stand Up for Democracy v Secretary of State, 145387. The Board of State Canvassers had kept it off the ballot because the law says such petitions must be in 14 size font and this petition apparently had print that was somewhat smaller, although that is not settled and different experts have different opinions. Computerized printing has made such standards somewhat arbitrary. Here is the opinion.
Justice Mary Beth Kelly wrote the controlling opinion. She feels the font size was correct. Three other justices did not, but they felt that substantial compliance is sufficient. Those four, voting together even though they don’t agree with each, provide the four votes to keep the measure on the ballot. Three other justices felt that the font size was too small and that strict compliance is necessary. Thanks to Thomas Jones for this news.