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Whitmer, Gilchrist thank college-aged voters

BY: - November 18, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist penned a letter to Michigan’s college students Thursday thanking them for showing up in record numbers in the midterm election. “No matter why you went to the polls or who you voted for, thank you. You waited in line — sometimes for hours — to make your […]

State officials indicate a criminal investigation is underway into Sen. Bumstead

BY: - November 17, 2022

A state senator from West Michigan, who made election integrity a key issue in his reelection campaign, is under criminal investigation after allegations of signature fraud were made against him in late 2016, the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office has confirmed. On Nov. 7, 2016, Clerk Jennifer Badgero in Newaygo County’s Brooks Township filed a […]

After Michigan shatters midterm election turnout record, canvas of results begins

BY: - November 10, 2022

Michigan saw 4.47 million voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial results — a record-breaking result. The previous record for a midterm election was 4.34 million votes cast in the 2018 contest. With the reporting complete of nearly all unofficial results from the general election, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said the […]

Michigan voter turnout higher than usual across the state, with few hiccups

BY: , and - November 8, 2022

Jake Rollow, a spokesman for Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, said Tuesday afternoon that the election has largely been running smoothly, with a few hiccups along the way that were swiftly rectified.  As of 4:30 p.m., there were 2,022,885 absentee ballots requested and 1,807,127 absentee ballots submitted. Turnout is higher than usual, Rollow said on […]

Conspiracy theorists urge voting as late as possible on Election Day to ‘stop the steal’

BY: - November 8, 2022

A close ally of Republican Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano has a plan that she claims will help win him the election and prevent voter fraud: She wants voters to cast their ballots “as late in the day as possible” on Election Day. Conspiracy theorist Toni Shuppe, who has ties to QAnon and who is rumored […]

NextGen president: Climate and economic justice are at stake for young people this election

BY: - November 8, 2022

“A lot of young people in Michigan understand what’s on the line,” Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez said while sitting on a bench in the University of Michigan Rackham Auditorium lobby on Saturday after U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) filled it to max capacity. Ramirez, the president of NextGen America, was in Ann Arbor for one of […]

Michigan artists join #iVoted online music festival to get out the vote 

BY: - November 8, 2022

The Accidentals, a band from Traverse City, released the song, “Michigan and Again” as an ode to their home state. And now they’ll be repping Michigan again as part of an online music festival Tuesday night helping turn people out to vote. The #iVoted Festival is a free digital music concert featuring 17 stages — […]

Voting rights advocates prepare for increase of ‘frivolous challenges’ at the polls

BY: - November 7, 2022

Voting rights organizations in Michigan are preparing for Election Day after seeing reports about growing efforts from right-wing activists to make “frivolous challenges” at the polls. Progress Michigan, Promote the Vote and All Voting is Local held a press conference Friday morning to discuss last-minute litigation and efforts from organizations and individuals who are sowing […]

Sanders energizes young crowd in Ann Arbor, urges them to defeat GOP candidates

BY: - November 6, 2022

Despite rain and high winds outside, a University of Michigan auditorium was packed to capacity Saturday night for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as he urged young Michiganders to vote for progressive candidates on Tuesday. “We’re taking on enormously powerful people with unlimited resources … more money than you can possibly dream of,” Sanders told […]

Michigan AAPI leader says ‘racist’ mailer is a ‘desperate attempt to deceive our families’ 

BY: - November 4, 2022

Rising Voices, a nonprofit coalition of grassroots community organizations that works to mobilize Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters, said on Thursday that Asian-American households across the have been receiving “deceitful, racist, hateful mailers” aimed at suppressing voter turnout.  The right-wing ads, which have popped up across the country, attack President Joe Biden and […]

GOP sees an opening to win over the Arab and Chaldean American vote

BY: - November 4, 2022

Michigan has the second-largest Arab American population in the nation with 221,631 residents as of 2019. In midterm elections defined by hot-button issues like book bans and reproductive rights, this could prove to be a key voting bloc. Many Arab American and Chaldean American residents live in metro Detroit. Last year, Dearborn elected its first […]

Secretary of State says election results should be available within 24 hours of polls closing, warns about misinformation

BY: - November 4, 2022

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson assured voters that the Tuesday election will be safe, secure and accurate while speaking at a press conference on Thursday.  Voters can also expect to hear election results within 24 hours of polls closing, Benson said. This is due to the state law, which only allows limited processing of […]