Jocelyn Benson wrote the book on secretaries of state. She never saw this moment coming.

BY: - August 20, 2022

During her 2018 campaign for secretary of state, it was frequently pointed out in stump speeches that Democrat Jocelyn Benson “literally wrote the book about being a secretary of state.” Benson’s book, “State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process,” was published in 2010 and elevated her as one of the foremost experts on […]

Experts warn of election ‘havoc’ across the U.S. if North Carolina case succeeds

BY: - August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Legal experts on Thursday warned lawmakers on the U.S. House Administration Committee that if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a North Carolina case that embraces a fringe election theory, it would undermine future elections across the country. “To be blunt, it would be extraordinary destabilizing,” said Carolyn Shapiro, a law professor at the Chicago-Kent […]

Abortion takes center stage as ‘the Squad’ rallies for Tlaib in Detroit

BY: - July 25, 2022

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) called in support from the other three members of the self-described “Squad” on Sunday with less than 10 days left until Michigan’s Aug. 2 primary. Fellow progressive Democrats U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) on Sunday joined Tlaib at Detroit’s Cass Technical High School […]

With focus on climate and abortion, Elizabeth Warren stumps for Andy Levin

BY: - July 25, 2022

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) kicked off the final nine-day stretch until the Democratic primary in Michigan’s new 11th Congressional District, rallying on Sunday for U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) in his race against fellow incumbent Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills). Warren, who previously worked with Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) on the Build Green Act, […]

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, […]

McMorrow raised $1M in 3 months to flip Michigan Senate

BY: - July 22, 2022

Following an eventful few months in the national spotlight, state Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) announced Thursday that she has pulled in a more than $1 million fundraising haul to flip the GOP-controlled Michigan Senate. Those funds from more than 11,000 donors came in over the last three months, McMorrow said. “The Michigan Senate has […]

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 […]

Fair lending ballot initiative falls short of required signatures

BY: - July 21, 2022

After a review of signatures, the State Board of Canvassers determined Thursday that the Michiganders for Fair Lending did not collect enough valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot.  The initiative aimed to cap payday loan interest rates in the state. The board unanimously voted to accept the Bureau of Elections’ recommendation that the […]

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. MichiganVoting.org – a group that includes the ACLU of Michigan, the Anti-Defamation League, […]

U.S. Senate bills would ban fake electors, clear up Electoral College procedures

BY: - July 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators released legislation Wednesday that aims to clarify the 1887 law that governs how Congress counts Electoral College votes following a presidential election.  The legislation caps off months of negotiations between Republican and Democratic senators, who hope to remove the vagueness from the Electoral Count Act that led […]