2 members of the Michigan Board of State Canvassers are attorneys.

Some historical background on attorneys serving as members of that board.

In 2005, a petition proposing an amendment to the Michigan Constitution came before the Board of State Canvassers.

The Bureau of Elections advised the Board of State Canvassers that a sufficient number of registered voters had signed the petition and had a clear legal duty to certify the petition for placement on the November 2006 general election ballot.

The Attorney General advised the members of the Board of Canvassers that they lacked jurisdiction to investigate allegations of fraud.

Nevertheless, the Board did not certify.

In October 2005, the Court of Appeals issued a writ of mandamus ordering the Board of State Canvassers to approve the petition for placement on the 2006 general election ballot.

On December 5, 2005, the Board met and did not certify because the court order was not in effect.

On Dec 7, 2005, the Court of Appeals made its order effective immediately.

On Dec 14, 2005, the Board again met, 2 members (including 1 attorney) abstained from a vote to certify.

On Dec 20, 2005, the Court of Appeals issued an order finding that the Board failed to comply with the court order and found that the Board had failed to discharge its legal obligation under the Michigan Constitution to certify.

The court ordered the proposal on the ballot.

A complaint was field with the MI Att'yGrievance Commission against the attorney member of the Board, Doyle O'Connor.

The AGC reviewed the complaint and initiated disciplinary action against him with the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board.

A copy of the charges are attached.

This demonstrates the potential consequences for an attorney member of the Board of State Canvassers failing to perform his or her clear legal duty as a board member.


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