Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg: Stop conflating racism with mental illness  

BY: - October 1, 2022

March for Our Lives co-founder David Hogg, a survivor of the 2018 Parkland school shooting that killed 17 people, on Friday called for people to stop using mental illness as an excuse for racism. “It’s time we put an end to it and we go after the one thing that these politicians care about, which […]

Young activists power National Voter Registration Day efforts in Southeast Michigan

BY: - September 21, 2022

Bilal Hammoud, 26, is a Dearborn Heights resident who was part of a national voter registration drive on Tuesday. He said that the effort has momentum and is “vital.”  “Across the board in Michigan, it is critical that we are getting our citizens more involved — and the fundamental way to do that is and […]

SOS Benson: Nearly 2M voted in ‘smooth’ Tuesday primary

BY: and - August 3, 2022

In a press conference shortly after polls closed Tuesday night, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson called Tuesday’s primary election “among the most secure and safe in the nation” as results continued to roll in. With all but one Michigan county reporting results Wednesday afternoon, unofficial returns show that about 1 million Michiganders voted on the […]

Voter restriction ballot proposal turns in signatures — but may not head to voters

BY: - July 29, 2022

After organizers announced last month they’d gathered enough signatures to put a proposal clamping down on voting on the November ballot, the Secure MI Vote coalition submitted petitions on Friday — well past the deadline.  If the Bureau of Elections approves the signatures for the proposal, which is backed by Michigan Republicans, it will go […]

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, […]

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 […]

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

GOP candidates for Michigan governor spar in fiery pre-primary debate

BY: - July 21, 2022

In the seventh GOP gubernatorial debate Wednesday, the five candidates seeking to challenge Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November turned up the heat and turned to personal attacks. The debate, organized in part by the Michigan Republican Party, was held at Oakland University in Rochester just 13 days before voters head to the polls for […]

Preparing for the primary: How to register to vote and request your absentee ballot

BY: - July 6, 2022

With less than four weeks until Aug. 2 statewide primary election, voters still have time to register to vote and cast their ballot.  Michigan residents can register to vote online until July 18. They can also register to vote at their local clerk’s office through 8 p.m. on Election Day.  A valid Michigan driver license […]

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 […]

The District of Columbia allows incarcerated people to vote, a rarity in the U.S.

BY: - June 21, 2022

This article is published through a collaboration between States Newsroom and Bolts. WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, about 10 men detained in the Young Men Emerging unit in the Washington, D.C., jail sat around a TV to watch the Democratic candidates for mayor debate issues including affordable housing and gun violence.  “It was on a […]