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Midterm voting mostly problem-free in battleground states, voting advocates report

BY: - November 8, 2022

As of midday Tuesday, voting across the country has largely gone smoothly without any major issues or incidents of voter intimidation, voting rights advocates said. In counties that did experience problems, which were typical of any Election Day, the incidents were largely attributed to faulty technology and human error. In Maricopa County, Arizona, one of […]

Concerns grow that voter intimidation could disrupt midterm elections

BY: - November 4, 2022

PHOENIX — The two outdoor ballot drop boxes in Maricopa County are both unassuming—secure metal boxes, about the size of blue mailboxes, located just outside county buildings. But in recent weeks, they’ve at times been monitored by volunteers with far-right organizations, prompted by former President Donald Trump’s claims of widespread fraud and misinformation about drop […]

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Michigan Supreme Court ruling keeps Benson’s poll challenger rules in place

BY: - November 3, 2022

Less than a week before the election, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Secretary of State and election clerks will continue to follow the poll challenger guidance put in place by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson earlier this year.  Last month, a Michigan Court of Claims judge blocked a number of the rules […]

Court tosses GOP lawsuit seeking more Republican election inspectors in Flint

BY: - November 3, 2022

A Genesee Circuit Court Judge dismissed a lawsuit on Wednesday that would require Flint to hire more Republican election inspectors.  The lawsuit was filed by the Michigan Republican Party and the Republican National Committee due to concerns the city had violated the party’s rights under Michigan state law for an “equal number as nearly as […]

‘Burning the candle at both ends’: Inside one of the nation’s busiest elections offices

BY: - November 2, 2022

PHOENIX — During the first few days that Arizona’s Maricopa County began tabulating early votes, County Recorder Stephen Richer ran between interviews and meetings, responded on Twitter to dozens of voters with questions about the election and held a press conference for reporters. He managed this all while overseeing a staff and volunteers who were verifying voters’ […]

Are national ‘parental rights’ groups making decisions in your local school district?

BY: - November 1, 2022

On a stage in Troy, in front of dozens of parents, state leaders, school board members and candidates last month, GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon stood beside far-right activists from Florida and made a pledge. “I pledge to advance policies that strengthen parental involvement and decision-making, increase transparency, defend against government overreach and secure parental […]

Former Mich. election director: Proposal 2 voting reforms are ‘nothing new’ in the U.S.

BY: - October 27, 2022

Former Michigan Director of Elections Chris Thomas on Thursday discussed potential benefits of Proposal 2, a statewide voting rights constitutional amendment, and detailed how he believes it’s been mischaracterized through misinformation. “There’s nothing new or novel about this proposal that isn’t being done around the country today. We’ve invented nothing here,” Thomas said during a […]

U.S. Supreme Court to consider case that could radically reshape the country’s elections

BY: - October 14, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court could soon grant state legislatures unconditional control over federal elections, clearing the way for lawmakers to gerrymander their states with impunity and pass voter restriction measures without interference from state courts. The high-stakes election case, Moore v. Harper, comes out of North Carolina after its Republican-controlled legislature passed in November 2021 a gerrymandered […]

Whitmer signs bills allowing clerks to preprocess absentee ballots, overseas service members to vote electronically

BY: - October 10, 2022

A set of bipartisan election bills were signed into law Friday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Whitmer said the bills were “expanding voting access for Michiganders who are serving our nation in uniform and authorizing local clerks to pre-process absentee ballots two days before Election Day,” that would “help more people exercise their constitutional right to […]

Key U.S. Senate panel advances bill aimed at preventing another Jan. 6

BY: - September 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee on Tuesday passed legislation that would update an 1887 elections law and clarify how electoral votes are certified, with the hopes of averting another attempt to overturn a presidential election. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat and Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, put forth the bill, S. 4573, known […]

Michigan’s Aug. election results were certified without drama. Will things be as smooth in Nov.?

BY: - August 27, 2022

Michigan’s Aug. 2 primary results were certified earlier this month with little to no fanfare in contrast to the tumultuous aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. So is this a sign of normalcy returning to the process or the calm before the storm coming with the Nov. 8 general election? “Michigan’s canvassing boards fulfilled their […]

Calley talks GOP discord, possible LG fight ahead of convention

BY: - August 23, 2022

Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is no stranger to the ins-and-outs of Michigan GOP nominating conventions. But although his own (successful) efforts to secure and maintain his position as GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder’s two-time running mate were not without their challenges, particularly in 2014, Calley’s experiences both times seem like much smoother sailing compared […]