Elections

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 […]

Princeton Gerrymandering Project grades Michigan’s redistricting maps

BY: - October 15, 2021

A national gerrymandering project from Princeton University has graded Michigan’s 10 preliminary district maps headed for public comment after they were approved this week by the state’s independent citizens panel. The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) on Monday gave the greenlight to four maps redrawing the state’s congressional districts and three apiece for the […]

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 […]

Republicans parrot conspiracies at Trump-endorsed Michigan rally for so-called election ‘audit’

BY: - October 12, 2021

Updated, 4:46 p.m., 10/13/21, 8:36 a.m., 10/15/21, with comment from Benson At the urging of former President Donald Trump, a crowd of about 400 supporters flocked to the Michigan Capitol steps Tuesday to spend the cloudy afternoon demanding a “transparent forensic audit” of the 2020 presidential election that the one-term GOP president lost. GOP activists […]

Black leaders rally in Detroit, call for fairer redistricting maps 

BY: - October 12, 2021

State Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit), along with a group of clergy, civil rights leaders and others, on Tuesday gathering in Detroit to call for better racial representation in draft maps offered by the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC).  There are currently 17 districts that are majority Black, Hollier said: two in Congress, five in […]

Redistricting commission approves maps for next round of public comment

BY: - October 12, 2021

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) approved Monday four maps for the state’s congressional districts, three for the state House and three for the state Senate, though these maps are still far from the final product.  The commission now will present these maps during a number of public hearings throughout October and will consider […]

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 […]

Voting rights advocates concerned as redistricting panel cuts time for public comment

BY: - October 9, 2021

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) is expected to end the draft mapping process for the state House, state Senate and congressional maps by Tuesday, but voting rights advocates are concerned that the commission is cutting back on time for the public to weigh in.  The commission had originally planned for nine meetings for […]

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All the ways Michigan made the congressional report on Trump trying to overturn the election

BY: - October 8, 2021

Updated, 8:41 a.m., 10/15/21 U.S. Senate Democrats dropped a report Thursday on how former President Donald Trump and his allies attempted to overturn the 2020 election, and there’s no shortage of Michigan mentions in the 394-page document. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee released the lengthy report on Thursday, following many months of investigation into Trump’s […]

Lawmakers blast ‘wild west’ of cannabis market, while caregivers decry proposed regulations

BY: - October 8, 2021

Updated, 10:22 a.m., 10/8/21 When Tanya Kaye’s granddaughter, Anastasia, began having seizures shortly after birth, doctors recommended controlling them with phenobarbital, a barbiturate that slows the activity of the brain and nervous system. Kaye, 40, a medical marijuana caregiver and certified cannabis consultant from Clio, was worried about side effects and developmental delays from the […]

Misinformation abounds as U.S. House panel questions Arizona’s so-called election ‘audit’

BY: - October 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — It didn’t take long for Thursday’s congressional hearing about a controversial ballot review in Arizona to demonstrate the persistent misinformation about the validity of last year’s presidential election. Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, asked his colleague, Arizona Republican Andy Biggs, if he accepts the findings of the GOP-led review of ballots in Maricopa […]

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, […]