Voting

GOP leaders seek new avenue to undermine elections: local canvassing boards

BY: - October 25, 2021

As Michigan Republican Party members continue to perpetuate false claims on the 2020 election won by President Joe Biden, party leaders have shifted their focus on those in charge of certifying vote counts in future elections. Republicans are now replacing members on county canvassing boards who certified the 2020 election results with those who falsely […]

Voting rights groups organize against GOP ballot measure at farmers markets, community events

BY: - October 25, 2021

As a controversial, Republican-led petition to restrict voting access has begun collecting signatures, groups opposing the “Secure MI Vote” initiative have ramped up efforts to rally people against signing the petition.  Opposition groups have even launched information campaigns to fight what voting rights advocate Nancy Wang called a “vehicle for perpetuating the Big Lie” that […]

U.S. Senate Republicans again block debate on voting rights legislation

BY: - October 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans blocked the advance of voting rights legislation Wednesday, the second time this year—thwarting again Democrats’ attempts to pass federal protections for voters amid a slew of new state elections laws. “When we are faced with a coordinated effort across our country to limit the freedom to vote, we must stand up […]

Whitmer vetoes another two bills from GOP voting restrictions package

BY: - October 16, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed Friday two voting bills from the Senate Republicans 39-bill election package that she said would “divert key resources away from ensuring that every qualified Michigan resident can cast a secure ballot in our elections.” Senate Bill 277, introduced by Sen. Michael MacDonald (R-Macomb Twp.), aimed to allow county clerks to remove […]

GOP-led Michigan House passes voter ID, absentee ballot restrictions

BY: - October 14, 2021

The Michigan House of Representatives voted Thursday to concur with Senate versions of three election bills tightening requirements for absentee ballots and voter ID.  Senate Bill 303, introduced by Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Charlotte), will require in-person voters and absentee voters to present their state IDs when going to cast a ballot. Currently, you can sign […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Michigan made it easier to vote in 2018, but a new ballot measure would take us backwards

BY: - October 11, 2021

Here in Michigan, we believe in our freedom to vote. Every voter, regardless of race, background, political affiliation or ZIP code, has a fundamental right to make their voice heard at the ballot box and have a say in determining our state’s future.  But right now, our voting rights are at risk. In 2018, Michiganders […]

Another slate of ‘voter suppression’ bills make it through Senate

BY: - October 7, 2021

Republicans in the Senate passed a bill Thursday to eliminate the fee to obtain a state ID card, but tie-barred it to another bill that Democrats argue will make it harder for Michiganders to vote.  House Bill 5007, introduced by Rep. Ryan Berman (R-Commerce Twp.), would drop the $10 fee for issuing state ID cards, […]

Michigan Senate Republicans pass voter ID law ‘on steroids’

BY: - October 6, 2021

The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved a controversial bill that would impose new restrictions on voting, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has pledged to veto any measure that makes it more difficult to vote. The Senate voted along party lines, 20-15, to implement strict voter ID requirements and prohibit election officials from sending unsolicited absentee […]

Rep. LaFave joins Republican SOS race after Trump endorsed opponent

BY: - October 4, 2021

State Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) said in a Facebook post Monday morning that he plans to run for secretary of state in 2022. However, President Donald Trump last month already endorsed another Republican running who has spread conspiracy theories about the 2020 election he lost. Trump’s pick is Kristina Karamo, a former GOP poll […]

New: Whitmer vetoes GOP bills part of ‘calculated misinformation’ about the 2020 election

BY: - October 3, 2021

Updated, 10:21 a.m. 10/4/21 with comments from the NAACP Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday vetoed three Republican election bills introduced after former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election as part of a nationwide right-wing effort to restrict voting and change election rules. She also vetoed a fourth measure she said lacked the proper funding. […]

Senate Dems slam GOP election bills for enshrining ‘lies into law’

BY: - September 30, 2021

Four GOP bills passed by the Michigan Senate again sparked 2020 election-related debate across party lines Thursday, as Democrats argued the legislation would enshrine “lies into law” by targeting non-issues within Michigan’s election system. “I think these types of bills are a sign of a do-nothing Legislature that pats itself on the back for doing […]

Michigan GOP initiative to restrict voting access gets approval to gather signatures

BY: - September 27, 2021

A controversial, Republican-backed petition drive to restrict voting access in Michigan gained approval Monday, clearing the way for advocates to begin collecting signatures. The Michigan Board of State Canvassers approved the Secure MI Vote petition with a 3-0 vote. Canvasser Julie Matuzak, a Democrat, was absent from the meeting. The petition is intended to enable […]