absentee voting

Senate Elections Committee passes voter restriction bills 

BY: - June 2, 2021

The Michigan Senate Elections Committee voted on three bills Wednesday that could reform voting procedures to mandate photo identification being presented when applying for an absentee ballot or casting a ballot.  All bills passed 3-1 and moved on to the full Senate. SB 285, introduced by state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) requires voters to present […]

AG warns GOP absentee voting bill could increase identity theft

BY: - May 27, 2021

A Michigan Senate committee on Wednesday continued its discussion on a GOP-sponsored voting restriction package that has been widely criticized by voting rights activists and Democratic officials. During the nearly five-hour meeting, the body adopted substitutes in the case of two bills after hearing concerns that they were too extreme. However, it did not advance […]

GOP pushes bills to restrict the use of ballot boxes on Election Day

BY: - May 6, 2021

The state Senate Elections Committee took up a number of bills Wednesday centered around ballot drop boxes, including bills that would cut back the hours ballots can be dropped off on Election Day and require video surveillance of drop boxes. One of the most controversial bills on the table at Wednesday’s meeting was Senate Bill […]

Michigan CEOs speak out against voter restrictions

BY: - April 13, 2021

Dozens of Michigan company leaders spoke up Tuesday against a voter restriction package that was introduced by Republicans in the Legislature last month.  Thirty-seven CEOS and leaders of some of Michigan’s top employers, including Ford, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and General Motors, signed on to a joint statement, laying out a number of […]

Here are the voting restriction bills introduced in Michigan this year

BY: - March 31, 2021

Last week, Republicans in the Michigan Senate joined their colleagues across the country in introducing a sweeping package of 39 bills regulating voting rights. Michigan stands apart from many states, as it has significantly expanded voting rights in recent years. In 2018, more than two-thirds of Michigan voters passed Proposal 3, a constitutional amendment that […]

GOP shifts strategy from election lawsuits to voting laws

BY: - March 31, 2021

As Republican-led legislatures continue a systematic push to pass laws they say are aimed at ratcheting up election security, voting rights advocates in Tennessee worry the entire nation could soon look a lot like the Volunteer State where voter turnout and voter registration figures are among the lowest in the country. The policy debate over […]

After months of hearings airing 2020 election conspiracies, Republicans drop big voter restriction package

BY: and - March 25, 2021

A new package of voter restriction bills introduced this week by Republicans in Michigan is part of a national trend in states across the country following now-President Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election.  “They want to make it harder for people to vote. They want to make the process more cumbersome,” said state Sen. […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Don’t roll back voting rights in Michigan

BY: - March 21, 2021

Michiganders want and deserve a voting system that works for all of us, regardless of our race, gender, religion or ZIP code. The eagerness with which communities turned out to vote in 2020 was historic and encouraging.  Our elected leaders should follow the lead of the voters of Michigan and build on that success in […]

While you were out: Gov. signs Flint settlement bills, Supreme Court blesses Benson sending absentee ballot applications

BY: - January 4, 2021

As the 2019-20 Michigan Legislative session came to an end last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed several bills into law. Similarly, the Michigan State Supreme Court carried out session-ending action.  Flint water settlement bills  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed Senate Bill 1251 and Senate Bill 1252, which creates the Flint Settlement Trust Fund within […]

Texas AG sues to overturn election in 4 states, ‘Kraken’ suit appealed

BY: - December 9, 2020

Updated, 6:31 p.m., 12/9/20 The Electoral College meets Monday, but there’s more post-election court drama for Michigan. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who’s under indictment for felony securities fraud, wants the U.S. Supreme Court to essentially overturn Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s wins in Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The case is considered to be a […]

Detroit elections consultant owns historic home

BY: - November 24, 2020

As tens of thousands of people viewed the virtual State Board of Canvassers meeting on Monday, they may have seen Daniel Baxter, who helped to lead the city of Detroit’s absentee vote counting process earlier this month at TCF Center. He was among those interviewed during the marathon meeting that resulted in the certification of […]

Detroit rally calls for Trump to concede, Board of State Canvassers to certify Michigan votes.

BY: - November 21, 2020

During a small but spirited rally on Saturday in Detroit at the Joe Louis fist, Anthony Cardamone said it’s time for President Donald Trump to give up election lawsuits, concede to Joe Biden, and “get out!” “[Trump] needs to concede now, so we can undo the damage that he’s done,” Cardamone of Clinton Twp. said.   […]