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 […]

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 […]

Voter restriction ballot proposal turns in signatures — but may not head to voters

BY: - July 29, 2022

After organizers announced last month they’d gathered enough signatures to put a proposal clamping down on voting on the November ballot, the Secure MI Vote coalition submitted petitions on Friday — well past the deadline.  If the Bureau of Elections approves the signatures for the proposal, which is backed by Michigan Republicans, it will go […]

Social justice coalition fights utility rate hike requests

BY: - July 28, 2022

The Defend Black Voters Coalition during a public meeting in Detroit on Wednesday called for the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to reject energy rate increases for two utilities.  The action came as MPSC considered a request for leading utility companies DTE and Consumers Energy to secure rate increases of 9% and 7%, respectively. The […]

Transphobic attacks, calls for voter restrictions dominate final GOP gov. debate

BY: - July 28, 2022

From election conspiracy theorists pushing voter restrictions to a barrage of transphobic comments and the idea that “if we don’t get back to our “Judeo-Christian principles, we’re going to lose our country, we’re going to lose Western civilization as we know it,” the eighth Republican gubernatorial debate Wednesday night was a whirlwind of far-right talking […]

Election officials risk criminal charges under 31 new GOP-imposed penalties

BY: - July 25, 2022

Second in a two-part series. See part one here. Since the 2020 election, Iowa has enacted one new felony and two new misdemeanor offenses targeting election officials.  The state’s omnibus election law, passed in 2021, criminalizes election officials who fail to perform their duties, don’t adequately maintain voter lists, or interfere with other people performing […]

State elections officials struggle with paper shortages, harassment, insider threats

BY: - July 24, 2022

MADISON, Wis. — Elections officials from 33 states, gathered for a conference under tight security, warned that the next few election cycles will be affected by paper shortages and the potential for threats from inside elections offices. The meeting of the National Association of State Elections Directors this week was held with stringent security precautions, […]

Nessel urges U.S. Supreme Court not to ‘weaken’ Voting Rights Act in Alabama redistricting case

BY: - July 22, 2022

Attorney General Dana Nessel said on Friday that she has joined a coalition of 21 Democratic attorneys general urging the U.S. Supreme Court “not to undo four decades of legal precedent that protects the voting power of minority communities.” In a brief filed in Merrill v. Milligan, the attorneys general argue that the nation’s high […]

Tate resolution urges DOJ to investigate 11 Michigan GOP lawmakers for seditious conspiracy

BY: - July 21, 2022

Updated 3:16 p.m., 7/22/2022 with comment from Rep. Paquette A House resolution introduced by state Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit) on Wednesday calls for 11 of his Republican colleagues to be investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for the crime of seditious conspiracy. State Reps. Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair Twp.), John Reilly (R-Oakland), Julie […]

Nonprofits, election officials launch voting resources in Arabic, Bangla and Spanish

BY: - July 21, 2022

In an effort to dismantle language barriers at Michigan’s polls and ensure citizens who speak languages other than English can vote, a coalition of nonprofit organizations and election officials this week launched an array of voting resources in Arabic, Bangla and Spanish. – a group that includes the ACLU of Michigan, the Anti-Defamation League, […]

GOP candidates for Michigan governor spar in fiery pre-primary debate

BY: - July 21, 2022

In the seventh GOP gubernatorial debate Wednesday, the five candidates seeking to challenge Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November turned up the heat and turned to personal attacks. The debate, organized in part by the Michigan Republican Party, was held at Oakland University in Rochester just 13 days before voters head to the polls for […]