Proposal 3

Voting rights activists in Detroit call out GOP ‘suppression’ efforts

BY: - August 11, 2021

Seven-year-old Kaylee Armour is too young to vote, but she encourages others to do so. When asked by the Advance Tuesday if voting is important, Armour said emphatically: “Yes.”   The Detroit resident and her mother, Nicole Denson, were part of the dozens who rallied Tuesday evening at New Center Plaza One in Detroit to speak […]

GOP pushes bills to restrict the use of ballot boxes on Election Day

BY: - May 6, 2021

The state Senate Elections Committee took up a number of bills Wednesday centered around ballot drop boxes, including bills that would cut back the hours ballots can be dropped off on Election Day and require video surveillance of drop boxes. One of the most controversial bills on the table at Wednesday’s meeting was Senate Bill […]

Here are the voting restriction bills introduced in Michigan this year

BY: - March 31, 2021

Last week, Republicans in the Michigan Senate joined their colleagues across the country in introducing a sweeping package of 39 bills regulating voting rights. Michigan stands apart from many states, as it has significantly expanded voting rights in recent years. In 2018, more than two-thirds of Michigan voters passed Proposal 3, a constitutional amendment that […]

After months of hearings airing 2020 election conspiracies, Republicans drop big voter restriction package

BY: and - March 25, 2021

A new package of voter restriction bills introduced this week by Republicans in Michigan is part of a national trend in states across the country following now-President Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election.  “They want to make it harder for people to vote. They want to make the process more cumbersome,” said state Sen. […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Don’t roll back voting rights in Michigan

BY: - March 21, 2021

Michiganders want and deserve a voting system that works for all of us, regardless of our race, gender, religion or ZIP code. The eagerness with which communities turned out to vote in 2020 was historic and encouraging.  Our elected leaders should follow the lead of the voters of Michigan and build on that success in […]

Texas AG sues to overturn election in 4 states, ‘Kraken’ suit appealed

BY: - December 9, 2020

Updated, 6:31 p.m., 12/9/20 The Electoral College meets Monday, but there’s more post-election court drama for Michigan. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who’s under indictment for felony securities fraud, wants the U.S. Supreme Court to essentially overturn Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s wins in Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The case is considered to be a […]

Some clerks could get extra day to process ballots, but SOS says it’s not enough

BY: - September 15, 2020

The Michigan Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would allow some local clerks more time to process ballots for the Nov. 3 general election.  Senate Bill 757, introduced by Republican former Secretary of State and current state Sen. Ruth Johnson (R-Holly), would give city or township clerks in larger communities the day before election day to […]

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 […]

COMMENTARY

Jeff Timmer: Trump’s cult of chaos is undermining your right to vote safely

BY: - July 29, 2020

“If you have a reasonable excuse, just a reasonable excuse, you should be able to vote by mail-in.” That was President Donald J. Trump during his trip to a Ford Plant Ypsilanti in May. A tour to tout efforts to make America the “King of Ventilators.”  Mind you, touring the facility without a mask, while […]

League of Women Voters sues SOS over Proposal 3 enforcement

BY: - May 26, 2020

The Michigan League of Women Voters filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson Friday to remove barriers to the absentee voting rights. The lawsuit, filed in the Michigan Court of Appeals, suggests that voting rights laid out in Proposal 3, which Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved in 2018, are not being strictly enforced.  “The […]

After Trump attacks Benson, Arizona SOS touts plan to mail voter applications

BY: and - May 21, 2020

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is standing with Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson after President Trump blasted her twice on Twitter Wednesday over mail-in voting. Trump threatened to withhold federal funding from Michigan over a plan to give every voter in the state an opportunity to vote by mail in this year’s elections […]

Updated: Benson counters Trump’s inaccurate voting tweet: ‘We sent applications, not ballots’

BY: - May 20, 2020

Updated, 5:15 p.m. 5/20/20 A day after Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Michigan residents would receive absentee ballot applications for the August and November elections, the president took to Twitter to falsely accuse the state of voter fraud. In a Wednesday morning tweet, President Trump claimed Michigan is sending absentee ballots to its 7.7 […]