Michigan Voters Demand That Police Get Warrants for Electronic Data

Constitutional amendment overwhelmingly passes.


Michigan voters Tuesday night had a message for police: Get a warrant. Yes, for their phones, too.

Voters overwhelmingly approved Michigan Proposal 2. The referendum, put to the ballot by lawmakers, amends the state constitution to add "electronic data and electronic communications" to the state's search and seizure laws.

With 88 percent of the vote counted, Michigan voters approved the protections. The measure passed with 88 percent of the vote, more than 3.8 million votes of support.

The relevant part of the state's constitution will now read:

The person, houses, papers, possessions, and electronic data and electronic communications of every person shall be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures. No warrant to search any place or to seize any person or things or to access electronic data or electronic communications shall issue without describing them, nor without probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation. The provisions of this section shall not be construed to bar from evidence in any criminal proceeding any narcotic drug, firearm, bomb, explosive or any other dangerous weapon, seized by a peace officer outside the curtilage of any dwelling house in this state.

Ballotpedia notes that the changes passed unanimously through both Michigan's House and Senate in June before being sent to voters for approval.

It's another nice little reminder that there were a lot of liberty-minded ballot initiatives that did very well last night that shouldn't be ignored as so many people obsess over who will control the White House and Congress.  

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  1. Oh man, the blue lives matter guys are really taking it in their tactical blue bike cop shorts today.

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  2. Voted for this last night; glad it passed.

    Now if only a little county North of Traverse City [Antrim] can get it’s fucking act together and correctly count their votes, we will know whether or not we have a new senator [John James] too.

  3. It’s amazing that the law only took about 20 years to catch up to the modern era. Good for Michigan. Can we expect to see this idea spread to other states over the next 50 years or so?

  4. Right because the state won’t figure out a way to get around that. This is a Whitmer we’re talking about here.

    Libertarians are so credulous.

    1. Whitless is about as entitled a cunt as H Clinton when it comes to saying FUTY to anything she doesn’t like, and doing what she wants anyway. I was really hoping this election would seriously clip her beef curtains [I really hate the bitch] and put an end to her shitty career.

  5. So the phones are now as securely protected as the guns?

    1. That’s progress, in shits and farts.

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  7. Well, shit on a stick.
    Now the cops have to abide by the US Constitution and quit acting like they’re in the KGB when performing their law enforcement duties.
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  10. Unbelievable that this needed a vote. The 4th amendment is apparently meaningless.

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