Barb Byrum

Colleagues of former judge charged with assault say the system failed to protect them

BY: - August 29, 2021

An assault charge against retired Ingham County Circuit Court Chief Judge William Collette earlier this month didn’t surprise some of his former judicial colleagues, who say their reports of his threatening behavior toward them while on the bench were ignored. They contend the problem of bullying and harassment in the court is bigger than Collette, […]

19 GOP lawmakers still dodging questions after Biden wins Electoral College

BY: - December 15, 2020

The four GOP congressmen and 15 Republican state House members who backed a failed Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn the election for President Donald Trump still refuse to answer basic questions about the election outcome, even as Michigan’s 16 electors cast their votes for President-elect Joe Biden on Monday. The longshot lawsuit brought by Texas […]

Coordinated effort to clog state elections hotline slows down canvassing process for clerks

BY: - November 10, 2020

The Bureau of Elections (BOE) hotline that clerks depend on has been bombarded with crank calls, making it nearly impossible for clerks to get a hold of the state office for guidance. The Election Liaison Section Line, a number reserved for election clerks, has been “called constantly by what appears to be more than one […]

In the absence of national regulations, how vulnerable is our voting infrastructure?

BY: and - October 6, 2020

There is no evidence, despite partisan claims to the contrary, that mail-in ballots are rife with voting fraud — but there are parts of the election system that security researchers say are at far greater risk for malicious activity. National elections like the one in November, when Americans will decide whether Republican Donald Trump or […]

Clerk says don’t put mail-in ballots in toilets after yard sign urges otherwise

BY: - September 18, 2020

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum said Friday she filed an election violation complaint with law enforcement after a Mason resident placed a sign in their yard that urged voters to put their mail-in ballots in a toilet — yes, a toilet — also installed on the lawn. Byrum, a Democratic former state representative, filed the […]

Whitmer, Nessel, Dems urge residents to vote during virtual rally

BY: - September 13, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel and a bevy of other Michigan Democratic politicians during a Saturday virtual rally conveyed support for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and called on residents to vote in the Nov. 3 general election. The two-hour “Vote Michigan” event was organized by the Lansing-area affiliate of the Blue Brigade, […]

Michigan can’t count absentee ballots until Election Day. A local clerk wants Whitmer to change that.

BY: - September 11, 2020

Updated, 1:31 p.m., 9/11/20, with comments from Gov. Whitmer’s office Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum this week sent a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, asking the former to issue executive orders that would speed up ballot processing for the Nov. 3 general election. Byrum requested on Tuesday that Whitmer […]

Election officials beg Legislature for help with surge in absentee voting 

BY: - August 4, 2020

The novel coronavirus has already shaken up work, schools, travel, recreation and more. Now as Michigan’s primary election arrives Tuesday and pandemic-stricken America nears the November general election, the virus looks like it could wreak havoc on the process. In Michigan — where a little more than 2 million voters requested an absentee ballot for […]


Column: We don’t need fear-mongering about mail-in voting. We need the Legislature to make it better.

BY: - July 26, 2020

Calls from Republicans, starting with President Trump, are being made to slow down the progress toward voting by mail. Just a few days ago, those calls were echoed by state Rep. Ann Bollin (R-Brighton) claiming, among other things, that this is not the time to change the way Michigan votes. As the former vice chair […]

Benson outlines online application process, gives timeline for redistricting commission member selection

BY: - October 24, 2019

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Thursday outlined a newly-launched online application process for citizens interested in a seat on Michigan’s independent redistricting commission.  At a news conference in Lansing, Benson and other community leaders detailed the online application and laid out their timeline for the commission’s implementation. “Last fall, millions of Michiganders voted […]