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 […]

West Michigan clerk facing felony charge resigns after being stripped of election duties

BY: - July 14, 2022

A West Michigan municipal clerk facing a felony forgery charge has resigned after being ordered by the Michigan Bureau of Elections not to administer any elections or participate in election-related activities. Montcalm Township Clerk Jessica Shearer was arraigned earlier this month on a charge of forgery of a public document, a felony that carries a […]

How the Trump fake elector scheme fizzled in four states

BY: - June 23, 2022

Part of Donald Trump’s plan to reverse his loss in the 2020 presidential election hinged on replacing legitimate electors in a handful of swing states with “fake electors.” In theory, these bogus Republican slates in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada and Wisconsin would cast their electoral votes for the incumbent — canceling out […]

Michigan Dems lobby to hold early 2024 presidential primary

BY: - June 23, 2022

Michigan Democrats formally made a push on Thursday to be one of the first states in the country to hold presidential primaries in 2024. During a Democratic National Committee (DNC) meeting, Michigan Democratic Party chair Lavora Barnes, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing), U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, and the Rev. Wendell […]

Feds serve subpoenas to pro-Trump fake electors in Michigan

BY: - June 23, 2022

Subpoenas are being doled out among the slate of Michigan Republicans who signed a fraudulent electoral certificate for President Donald Trump in 2020, an action that was part of the Trump supporters’ bid to overturn the results of the presidential election. It is not yet clear how many of the 16 Republicans have been visited […]