Election 2020

GOP AG candidate DePerno admits accessing tabulators after 2020 election 

BY: - August 10, 2022

The man expected to be the Republican candidate for Michigan attorney general, who also is facing potential felony charges of illegally accessing election equipment, openly bragged about gaining access to a voting tabulator after the 2020 election. That’s according to a Detroit News review of podcast interviews Matt DePerno did in spring 2021. DePerno, who […]

Dixon joins far-right leaders at CPAC to drag Whitmer, Trump calls kidnapping plot ‘fake’

BY: - August 8, 2022

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon shared a stage last week at the 2022 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas with former President Donald Trump, who sang her praises, and autocratic Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Orban, who is known for his attacks on LGBTQ+ rights and immigration, kicked off the far-right conference Thursday, with […]

Nessel seeks special prosecutor for DePerno, 8 others in 2020 election conspiracy investigation

BY: - August 8, 2022

The presumptive Republican nominee for Michigan Attorney General may become the subject of a special prosecutor as part of an ongoing investigation into whether third parties gained unauthorized access to, and then tampered with, election equipment and data after the 2020 election. The office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, has petitioned the […]

Voters Not Politicians to form effort against ‘election denier’ candidates on the Michigan ballot

BY: - August 4, 2022

Updated, 10:58 a.m., 8/6/22 The same group that spearheaded a 2018 initiative reforming redistricting and joined a coalition that recently turned in hundreds of thousands of signatures to expand voting access in Michigan, is launching a new effort to prevent “election deniers” from getting into office. Following Tuesday’s primary in which several candidates who have […]

Lawsuit seeks Rep. Maddock’s removal from Nov. ballot for allegedly ‘engaging in insurrection’

BY: - August 4, 2022

A lawsuit seeks to remove state Rep. Matt Maddock (R-Milford) from the Nov. 8 general election ballot due to what were called “his violations of his oath of office and attempts to illegally overturn the 2020 election while pushing the Big Lie.” The suit, filed with the Michigan Court of Appeals (COA), was brought by […]

How election deniers are campaigning to control voting in four critical states

BY: - August 4, 2022

Mark Finchem, an Arizona state representative who has said he would not have certified the 2020 election, won the Republican primary for secretary of state on Tuesday, making him the latest election denier to move closer to controlling his state’s election system. Across the country, Republicans who say the 2020 election was rigged are vying […]

Election officials at U.S. Senate hearing describe threats, spread of misinformation

BY: - August 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday explored how to combat violent threats lodged against election officials, while Republicans questioned why the Department of Justice isn’t doing more to investigate threats against crisis pregnancy centers and Supreme Court justices. During a hearing on protecting election officials, Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite […]

Kelley says there were ‘unprecedented oddities’ in Tuesday’s GOP gov. primary election

BY: - August 3, 2022

After coming in fourth place in the GOP gubernatorial primary Tuesday and refusing to concede to nominee Tudor Dixon, far-right activist Ryan Kelley told the Advance Wednesday that he thinks there were “unprecedented oddities” in the process. Unofficial election returns in the five-person race show Kelley received 15.5% of the vote. Dixon, a right-wing commentator […]

SOS Benson: Nearly 2M voted in ‘smooth’ Tuesday primary

BY: and - August 3, 2022

In a press conference shortly after polls closed Tuesday night, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson called Tuesday’s primary election “among the most secure and safe in the nation” as results continued to roll in. With all but one Michigan county reporting results Wednesday afternoon, unofficial returns show that about 1 million Michiganders voted on the […]

Michigan legislative primaries: Some incumbents lose to colleagues, newcomers

BY: - August 3, 2022

Updated 1:53 p.m. with additional comments Running for the first time after new districts were drawn for Michigan’s House and Senate, some incumbents in Tuesday’s primary lost their shot at holding their seats, while former President Donald Trump demonstrated he still has a hold on Republicans through some of his endorsements.  Among the many incumbents […]

Trump-backed Gibbs topples Meijer in 3rd Congressional GOP primary

BY: - August 3, 2022

Updated 1:04 p.m. with 6th Congressional District numbers In Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer of Grand Rapids was ousted Tuesday by John Gibbs, who previously worked in the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Trump administration.  Gibbs scored 51.8% with 88% reporting as of 3:03 a.m. Wednesday, according to […]

Will a Republican’s vote to impeach Trump cost him in Tuesday’s primary?

BY: - July 31, 2022

Three days after U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Grand Rapids) took office in 2021, he found himself pulling a smoke hood over his head and running for safety as supporters of then-President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election. A week after that, Meijer became one of 10 House […]