ballot measures

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

The Legislature got rid of prevailing wage in 2018, but Whitmer just brought it back

BY: - October 7, 2021

Updated, 3:08 p.m., 8:13 p.m. 10/7/21 with comments from Whitmer’s office Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday announced that she’s bringing back prevailing wage for state construction projects. That comes after a 2018 ballot measure, backed by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan (ABC), was enacted by the GOP-led Legislature killing the prevailing wage. […]

Michigan Senate Republicans pass voter ID law ‘on steroids’

BY: - October 6, 2021

The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved a controversial bill that would impose new restrictions on voting, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has pledged to veto any measure that makes it more difficult to vote. The Senate voted along party lines, 20-15, to implement strict voter ID requirements and prohibit election officials from sending unsolicited absentee […]

New: Whitmer vetoes GOP bills part of ‘calculated misinformation’ about the 2020 election

BY: - October 3, 2021

Updated, 10:21 a.m. 10/4/21 with comments from the NAACP Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday vetoed three Republican election bills introduced after former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election as part of a nationwide right-wing effort to restrict voting and change election rules. She also vetoed a fourth measure she said lacked the proper funding. […]

Senate Dems slam GOP election bills for enshrining ‘lies into law’

BY: - September 30, 2021

Four GOP bills passed by the Michigan Senate again sparked 2020 election-related debate across party lines Thursday, as Democrats argued the legislation would enshrine “lies into law” by targeting non-issues within Michigan’s election system. “I think these types of bills are a sign of a do-nothing Legislature that pats itself on the back for doing […]

Michigan GOP initiative to restrict voting access gets approval to gather signatures

BY: - September 27, 2021

A controversial, Republican-backed petition drive to restrict voting access in Michigan gained approval Monday, clearing the way for advocates to begin collecting signatures. The Michigan Board of State Canvassers approved the Secure MI Vote petition with a 3-0 vote. Canvasser Julie Matuzak, a Democrat, was absent from the meeting. The petition is intended to enable […]

Voting rights activists in Detroit call out GOP ‘suppression’ efforts

BY: - August 11, 2021

Seven-year-old Kaylee Armour is too young to vote, but she encourages others to do so. When asked by the Advance Tuesday if voting is important, Armour said emphatically: “Yes.”   The Detroit resident and her mother, Nicole Denson, were part of the dozens who rallied Tuesday evening at New Center Plaza One in Detroit to speak […]

LGBTQ+ rights group appeals to Michigan Supreme Court after state board rejects ballot measure

BY: - August 5, 2021

Fair and Equal Michigan, the group aiming to amend the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ residents, filed an appeal with the Michigan Supreme Court Wednesday after the Board of State Canvassers last week rejected the group’s petition.  The LGBTQ+ rights advocates are aiming to get the initiative on the […]

State board nixes LGBTQ protections ballot initiative

BY: - July 26, 2021

The bipartisan Board of State Canvassers unanimously voted Monday to reject the Fair and Equal Michigan petition to amend the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ residents due to a lack of valid signatures. The group was aiming to get the issue before voters in 2022. The board, which consists […]