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  •  The state can disenfrancise them? n.t (2+ / 0-)
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    caul, jcrit

    What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

    by dkmich on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 02:23:32 PM PDT

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    •  What disenfranchisement? (1+ / 0-)
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      nextstep

      If I live in an unincorporated area--like many outer suburbs of Detroit, am I disenfranchised because no city has been organized for me to have a smaller, more local level of government?  

      The people in Detroit have the power to vote for state officials.  They are not disenfranchised.  The state officials could entirely disincorporate Detroit if it wanted to, and just run it directly.  Or more likely, have Wayne County run it.  To use the business metaphor, Detroit is a subsidiary entity of Michigan, and everyone in Detroit can vote for the CEO who has the power to manage the subsidiary.  

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