Sharon Dolente: Voting in Michigan has never been this easy 

BY: - February 27, 2020

Michigan is once again a national leader with a voting system that works for everyone. Voting is easier than ever before for Michiganders, thanks to voters in nearly every county overwhelmingly passing Proposal 3 in 2018.  Proposal 3 enables all Michigan citizens who are eligible to register and vote to do so until 8 p.m. […]

As close as it gets: Looking back at Michigan’s presidential elections

BY: - February 23, 2020

Since 1997, University of Michigan football hasn’t been able to claim a national title, but the Wolverines can still claim the most wins all-time. At 962 wins, Michigan football has 38 more wins than second-place Ohio State.  As the 2020 presidential race heats up, we know that Michigan will be closely contested. What many people […]

Michigan Dem chair blasts GOP for fighting voting rights suits

BY: - February 21, 2020

During a voting rights roundtable held in Detroit on Friday, Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) Chair Lavora Barnes called out the GOP and the Republican National Committee (RNC) for “rigging the game.” This comes after the RNC announced $10 million for a motion to intervene and challenge several voting-related lawsuits. As the Advance previously reported, Priorities […]

Clerks deluged with absentee ballot requests before Michigan primary

BY: - February 20, 2020

Many city and township clerks around the state are struggling to process absentee voter ballots in the first major election under Michigan’s new voting law passed in 2018. Requests for ballots for the March 10 presidential primary are skyrocketing and clerks say they are not prepared to handle the influx. But legislation to ease the […]

Election security concerns Michiganders before March primary

BY: - February 13, 2020

Early voting began on Jan. 25 in Michigan. A recent survey shows 40% of Michiganders want election security to be the state’s main focus going into the March 10 primary.  According to the poll, which was conducted by Washington, D.C.-based analytics firm Lincoln Park Strategies on behalf of the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), Michigan residents […]

Wayne State to observe Election Day as a holiday

BY: - February 10, 2020

The day of the next general election will be an official holiday at Wayne State University. “I’m very pleased to announce that this year, Wayne State University has officially declared Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, a university holiday,” said Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson on Thursday. “This means there will be no classes, […]

Flip the script: Monique Owens is Eastpointe’s first Black mayor

BY: - February 3, 2020

In 1991, East Detroit, a Macomb County community located immediately north of the Motor City, wanted to turn the page. Through local referendum, its voters opted to change the name of their city to Eastpointe. Why? George Lawroski, a 45-year resident, had tried twice before the change East Detroit’s name. He argued that his hometown […]

From immigration to the ACA: Nessel has joined 12 federal cases, withdrawn from 28 this year 

BY: - December 24, 2019

Dana Nessel became the first Democratic attorney general in Michigan in 16 years and has reversed her GOP predecessor, Bill Schuette, on a number of multi-state actions. In her first year in office, Nessel withdrew from 28 federal cases, including ones siding with conservatives on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), LGBTQ rights, abortion, campaign finance […]

All Michigan Dems vote for federal bill cracking down on voter suppression

BY: - December 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed legislation on Friday that would give the federal government broader authority to police voting rights violations across the country.  The vote “is the most important non-violent instrument or tool we have in a democratic society and people should be able to use it, all of our citizens,” U.S. Rep. […]

Michiganders can now register to vote online, use digital notary services

BY: - December 2, 2019

As of Monday, Michiganders can now register to vote, update their voter registration information and have documents notarized from the comfort of their computer, tablet or smartphone. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced the new online voter registration portal on Monday, making Michigan one of 38 states to allow voters to register online. “This fast, […]

Benson, lawmakers hold town hall on redistricting panel, voting changes

BY: - November 19, 2019

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and a group of state lawmakers met with constituents Tuesday night to educate and answer questions about voting reform laws citizens passed in 2018. Benson hosted a town hall attended by about 50 people at J.W Sexton High School in Lansing focused on Proposals 2 and 3 of 2018. She […]

Priorities USA now has 3 voting lawsuits in Michigan

BY: - November 18, 2019

Priorities USA, a Washington, D.C.-based Democratic SuperPAC, has now filed three lawsuits this fall in Michigan over voting issues. As the Advance has previously reported, the group challenged in federal court the secretary of state rule that absentee ballots are only valid if the signature you have on file with the state matches that on your […]