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Groups call for change
in registration system
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press international reports
FLINT (UPI) - Eleven groups
engaged in voter registration activites
yesterday asked the federal court to or-
der an overhaul of the present system,
charging it creates unconstitutional
barriers against the right to vote.
The suit was filed in U.S. District
Court in Flint by attorneys for the
American Civil Liberties Union and
National Lawyers Guild.
"MICHIGAN permits each of the ap-
proximately 1,500 local election of-
ficials to create their own voter
registration programs," Beverly
McAninch, president of the League of
Women Voters of Michigan said in a
Detroit news conference.
"While the rules on voting are
uniform, the rules on registration are
not," she said. "In Michigan, it is easier
to vote than it is to register to vote."
The attorneys asked the court to
declare unconstitutional the delegation
of discretionary authority by the state
to local election clerks. It also asks an
injunction barring the state from
allowing local election officials to apply
"arbitrary, capricious and localized
criteria" in devising deputy registrar
The organizations charged the state
can not constitutionally allow localities
to refuse to deputize any voter as a
registrar, to impose arbitrary
numerical limits on the number of
deputies appointed, or to refuse to
deputize particular individuals or
members of particular policies of local
clerks by which the number of voters who
may be registered by deputy registrars
Besides the League of Women Voters,
organizations represented in the suit
are the Arab-American Voter
Registration Project; Gray Panthers;
Metro-North; Jewish Community
Council of Metropolitan Detroit-Voter
Registration Project; Michigan Center
for a barrier-Free Environment Inc.;
Michigan Citizens Lobby; Michigan
Human SERVE (Service Employees
Registration, Voting and Education)
Campaign; Michigan Protection and
Advocacy Service for Developmentally
Disabled Citizens, Inc., Lapeer-Flint
Area Branch Office; NAACP of Flint;
and Public Interest Research Group in
OPEC urged to cut
VIENNA, Austria - An OPEC ad-
visory group urged yesterday that
the 13-nation cartel fight off a
predicted oil price drop by reining in
The oil ministers agreed 16 mon-
ths ago to hold their production to
17.5 million barrels a day to stave off
a price collapse. At the same time,
they staged a tactical retreat,
decreeing the first price cut the
organization's 4-year history, from
$34 to $29 a barrel.
The current meeting takes place
during a worldwide oil glut and the
continuing war between OPEC
members Iran and Iraq - two fac-
tors straining the cartel's unity.
State ballot to include
tax cut option
LANSING - The Voter's Choice
tax cut group filed for a spot on the
fall ballot yesterday, becoming the
only organization to do so this year.
Unless the Legislature approves
some proposals of its own, Michigan
will have only one statewide ballot
issue for the first time since 1966.
The proposed constitutional
amendment, if . adopted this fall,
would roll back all state and local
taxes to their 1981 level.
Voter approval would be required
for any new increases. Raising fees
would require a four-fifths vote of
Fugitive lawyer surrenders
SAN FRANCISCO - Lawyer
Stephen Bingham, who went un-
derground 13 years age after San
Quentin prison's bloodiest breakout
attempt, surfaced yesterday to face
murder charges and denied he had
smuggled a gun to prison
revolutionary George Jackson.r
I can only say that I nevef
smuggled a gun nor anything else in-
to San Quentin and I intend to testify
under oath to that effect," he told
reporters before heading north to
Marn County, where San Quentin is
located and where he intended to
surrender late yesterday.
Jackson, two other inmates and
three guards died in a storm of gun-
fire during an escape attempt in
August 1971. Bingham faces five
counts of murder and one count of
conspiracy for his alleged part in the
Greece accuses U.S.
ATHENS, Greece - The Socialist
government claimed yesterday that
the United States was trying to inter-
fere in Greece's internal affairs, hin-
ting operations might have to be cur-
tailed at American military bases
The statement was one of the
strongest attacks on the United
States by Premier Andreas Papan-
dreou's 33-month-old government.
In the statement, Maroudas said the
United States was granting too much
military aid to Turkey, "thus
boosting the threat against Greece
The statement was issued a day
after the U.S. Embassy confirmed
plans had been dropped for Greece
to buy some two dozen American-
made F-5 jet fighters from Norway.
Recall attempt starts
LANSING - A worker at Con-
sumers Power Co.'s Midland
nuclear plant yesterday officially
won the right to circulate recall
petitions against Attorney General
Frank Kelley - a frequent critic of
The campaign againsf Kelley, who
has won seven consecutive terms in
office, needs 760,000 signatures
within 90 days to force an ouster
There has never been a successful
recall of a statewide elected official.
In other developments related to
the project, a General Motors Corp.
official said thencompany has not
decided its response to Consumers'
latest proposal to save the plant.
And, Gov. James Blanchard said he
believes the future of the project will
be decided this week.
18 executed in China
PEKING - Eighteen people have
been executed in the Chinese capital
for crimes ranging from rape to
murder, according to posters
plastered outside Peking's
municipal court yesterday.
The death posters have been a
common sight in China's cities since
the Communist government began a
major crackdown last August,
aimed at smashing what it called a
wave of violent crime.
Prostitutes set guidelines
at San Fran. convention
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Next week political arena, she said, "befo
it's the Democrats. This week a group prostitutes can work safely in this cou
of prostitutes is holding a secret try."
"Hookers Convention" to hammer out a For more than 15 years, St. Jam
"code of ethics and bill of rights" and has sparked her movement on t
call for legitimizing the oldest ground that the prostitute deserves
profession. . higher status in society because "s
"It's secret because of security," performs a service" that society war
said Margo St. James, founder of and needs.
COYOTE - Call Off Your Old Tired She said results of the four-day co
Ethics - and leader of the "National vention that opened yesterday will1
Task Force on Prostitution." announced at a Friday news conferen
"We don't want to be bothered by at a combination theater and pas
cops," she said, adding, "a lot of restaurant.
women aren't 'out' and want to remain The gathering comes just a we
anonymous." before the Democratic Party holdsi
"We'll be developing a code of ethics, presidential nominating convention
a bill of rights, presenting position San Francisco. But St. James said h
papers on juvenile prostitution, por- group will not endorse anybody f
nography, violence against women and president or put up a candidate ofi
organizing a national network for a own, even though "we want a wom
more strenuous campaign for these president."
issues," St. James said. St. James, who said she was
Changes must come about in the prositute for a brief period some tin
ago, said she expected as many as 100
hookers and probably some plain-
clothes policewomen to come to her
"For that reason, I'm going to start
the convention by making a
disclaimer," she said. "We are a
criminal class, so I'm going to say our
meeting is only for political purposes.
We don't know everybody that's going
to register. There could be some women
cops in the audience."
She said the convention includes
hookers from San Francisco, Boston,
Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., New
York, Oakland, Seattle, Los Angeles,
New Orleans and Calgary, Canada.
She said there would by only one man
present, a video cameraman who will
record the proceedings. She said there
will also be some female reporters of
"the advocate press."
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