elections

Colbeck starts petition to censure 3 GOP senators for report showing no election fraud

BY: - July 8, 2021

The deepening divide between Michigan Republicans who subscribe to the conspiracy theory that former President Donald Trump did not lose to President Joe Biden in 2020 continues to grow, with the latest infighting taking shape as a Change.org petition from a GOP former state senator. Ex-state Sen. Pat Colbeck (R-Canton) started the petition on Monday, […]

Bills you may have missed, from retail worker schedules to banning nooses as an intimidation tactic

BY: - July 6, 2021

Using nooses as an intimidation tactic would be banned and third-party sales of appointments at Secretary of State offices would be banned under bills recently introduced in the Michigan Legislature. Those are just two of the bills members of the House and Senate introduced before going on summer vacation on topics ranging from workers’ rights […]

COMMENTARY

Jeff Timmer: Republicans threaten the ‘Chimes of Freedom’

BY: - July 3, 2021

Far between sundown’s finish An’ midnights broken toll We ducked inside the doorway, thunder crashing As majestic bells of bolts Struck shadows in the sound Seeming to be the chimes of freedom flashing Flashing for the warriors whose strength is not to fight Flashing for the refugees on the unarmed road of flight An’ for […]

Benson, activists blast GOP election bills 

BY: - July 2, 2021

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Detroit-area activists on Thursday continued to blast a set of state Senate GOP-sponsored bills voter suppression.   “The truth is these bills aren’t designed to increase election security; they’re designed to decrease turnout,” said Benson, a Democrat, at the meeting hosted by We The People Michigan, Michigan People’s Campaign […]

Republicans push back against federal approval for changes in state voting laws

BY: - June 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Republicans during a U.S. House Judiciary panel hearing on Tuesday argued that a bill that would reinstate a preclearance section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is unnecessary because there is no discrimination in voting. The top Republican on the panel, Rep. Mike Johnson, (R-La.), said that the legislation is not needed and […]

Bills you may have missed, from vaccine incentives to regulating meat substitutes

BY: - June 22, 2021

Michigan residents could claim a $100 tax credit for getting a COVID-19 vaccine and driver’s licenses would be extended under bills recently introduced in the Michigan Legislature. Those are just two of the bills members of the House and Senate introduced in June on topics ranging from vaccines to broadband internet access to budgets. Republicans […]

Amid Democratic opposition, GOP-led Senate adopts first round of voter restriction bills

BY: and - June 16, 2021

The Senate passed three bills Wednesday that would make it more difficult for voters to vote absentee and at the ballot box if they aren’t able to present a state-issued photo ID, despite fierce objections from Democrats that the new rules would be especially harmful to vulnerable voters and communities of color. For months after […]

Senate Elections Committee passes voter restriction bills 

BY: - June 2, 2021

The Michigan Senate Elections Committee voted on three bills Wednesday that could reform voting procedures to mandate photo identification being presented when applying for an absentee ballot or casting a ballot.  All bills passed 3-1 and moved on to the full Senate. SB 285, introduced by state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) requires voters to present […]

AG warns GOP absentee voting bill could increase identity theft

BY: - May 27, 2021

A Michigan Senate committee on Wednesday continued its discussion on a GOP-sponsored voting restriction package that has been widely criticized by voting rights activists and Democratic officials. During the nearly five-hour meeting, the body adopted substitutes in the case of two bills after hearing concerns that they were too extreme. However, it did not advance […]

SOS says bill would halt absentee ballot counting, Republican says changes coming

BY: - May 20, 2021

A Senate committee on Wednesday continued discussions on bills in a sweeping GOP voting restriction package that’s been widely criticized by voting rights activists and Democratic officials. During a two-hour meeting, the Elections Committee discussed several bills, including measures that would cut back the hours that ballots can be dropped off on Election Day and […]

Michigan gains population, but still will lose seat in Congress in ‘22

BY: - April 26, 2021

Despite seeing an increase in population, Michigan lost a congressional seat, according to the U.S. Census Bureau Monday, dropping the state’s number of U.S. House representatives from 14 to 13 starting in the 2022 election cycle.  The state’s 2020 population, which is how the Census bases the congressional apportionment, is 10,077,331. This is an increase […]

Florida, North Carolina among states gaining U.S. House seats

BY: - April 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — After months of delays, the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday gave states part of the critical data needed to redraw their U.S. House boundaries: an updated tally of how many people live within their borders, and the number of House districts that each state will have for the next decade. For six states, the long-awaited […]