Senate committee OKs bill to create online tracking system for absentee voting

BY: - May 26, 2023

The Michigan Senate Elections Committee this week approved bills that would seek to streamline the absentee voting process by creating an online tracking system for applications and the ballots themselves. SB 339, sponsored by Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D- Royal Oak), would allow voters to track their absentee ballot at every step of the process, from […]

Working with local clerks, Dem lawmakers seek to prohibit firearms in polling places

BY: - May 26, 2023

In the wake of heightened scrutiny surrounding elections and the harassment of poll workers, a group of Michigan Democrats is working with municipal and county clerks from around the state to pass legislation prohibiting firearms from polling places.  State Rep. Penelope Tsernoglou (D-East Lansing) is the sponsor of HB 4127, which alongside HB 4128 would […]

New: Former Republicans seek to create new centrist party and utilize fusion voting in Michigan

BY: - May 10, 2023

Calling the alliance of disaffected Republicans and moderate Democrats “short-term triage,” a former leader of Michigan Republicans says he and other pro-democracy conservatives plan to form a new party and then challenge the state’s ban on what’s known as fusion voting. Jeff Timmer, the one-time executive director of the Michigan Republican Party, told the Advance […]

Michigan could join states in the national popular vote compact. So what would that mean?

BY: - May 10, 2023

Legislation has been reintroduced this session to change the way Michigan’s electoral votes are awarded, which supporters hope will eventually result in the presidency always being awarded to whichever candidate wins the most votes nationally. Now with Democrats in charge of both houses of the Legislature, advocates see an opening for the bills to finally […]

A GOP claim that Michigan purposely tried to encourage voter fraud doesn’t fit with facts

BY: - May 5, 2023

Updated, 3:32 p.m., 5/5/23 Republicans at a recent congressional hearing accused Michigan’s chief election official of deliberately leaving tens of thousands of dead voters on the rolls in order to encourage illegal voting. Even at a time of intense partisan conflict over election policies, it was a strikingly direct charge against a sitting official — […]

A top GOP lawyer wants to crack down on the college vote. States already are.

BY: - May 2, 2023

A top Republican election lawyer recently caused a stir when she told GOP donors that the party should work to make it harder for college students to vote in key states. But the comments from Cleta Mitchell, who worked closely with then-President Donald Trump to try to overturn the 2020 election, are perhaps less surprising […]

Study: Michigan youth turnout far outpaced the national average in the 2022 election

BY: - April 21, 2023

Michigan had the highest youth voter turnout rate of any state in the 2022 midterm election — 36.5%, more than 13 percentage points higher than the national youth voter turnout estimated at 23%.  That’s according to new data released by the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University’s […]

U.S. elections official takes part in secretive GOP conference, sparking backlash

BY: - April 17, 2023

Updated, 12:10 p.m., 4/18/23 A commissioner of a federal elections agency recently spoke at a secretive conference of conservative voting activists and Republican secretaries of state and congressional staff — a step that election experts call highly improper for an official charged with helping states administer fair and unbiased elections. U.S. Election Assistance Commissioner Donald […]

Federal agencies lag in registering voters despite Biden executive order, advocates say

BY: - April 13, 2023

Within weeks of taking office in 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order — hailed by voter advocates as potentially transformative — that for the first time committed the U.S. government to registering new voters at federal agencies. But just over two years later, most of the 10 agencies examined in a recent report had made […]

On this day in 1964: Malcolm X challenges Black America to vote their interest in Detroit speech

BY: - April 12, 2023

On April 12, 1964, Malcolm X delivered his “The Ballot or the Bullet” speech at King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit.  “A ballot is like a bullet,” he said, only a few weeks after leaving the Nation of Islam, a Black nationalist and political and religious organization founded in Detroit in 1930. “You don’t throw […]

Despite setbacks, resolution calling for Congress to ratify the ERA clears Michigan House

BY: - April 11, 2023

Michigan is wading into the long fight to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). State Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia) last month introduced House Concurrent Resolution 3 and the House approved it. The measure calls on the archivist of the United States to certify and publish the ERA as the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. […]

Red-state elections officials balk at voter registration outreach

BY: - April 3, 2023

A day after taking office in January, Alabama Secretary of State Wes Allen withdrew his state from the Electronic Registration Information Center, an interstate data-sharing compact aimed at helping states keep clean voter rolls. Asked about the move a few days later by a conservative radio host, Allen, a Republican, at first talked about privacy concerns, […]