UM: Election Post Mortem

The New York Times reports on the Nov. 6 defeat of state Proposal 2 in Michigan. The proposal would have amended the state’s constitution to protect the rights of public employee unions. Despite that defeat, the article notes that a different ballot proposal backed by unions – to repeal the state’s emergency financial manager law – was passed. Michael Traugott, a University of Michigan political scientist, explained a possible rationale for voters’ support of that proposal: “it seemed undemocratic to put a person in place with all those powers.” [Source]