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 […]

Congressional Dems scrutinize state elections laws for impact on minority voters

BY: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — Members of a U.S. House panel on Monday debated whether some state elections laws disenfranchise certain voters, including people of color, and split along party lines in their conclusions. The chair of the elections subcommittee of the House Administration Committee, Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), voiced his concerns about recent voting requirement laws […]

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 […]

Michigan CEOs speak out against voter restrictions

BY: - April 13, 2021

Dozens of Michigan company leaders spoke up Tuesday against a voter restriction package that was introduced by Republicans in the Legislature last month.  Thirty-seven CEOS and leaders of some of Michigan’s top employers, including Ford, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and General Motors, signed on to a joint statement, laying out a number of […]

Duggan rips GOP election bills, calls them ‘voter suppression’

BY: - April 5, 2021

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan on Monday blasted a recently introduced set of GOP election reform bills and called them “deeply troubling.” “It needs to get stopped right now,” Duggan said during a news conference where he announced new COVID-19 vaccination sites. “There is no other way to describe it. It’s voter suppression.” Last month, the […]

Voting rights advocates decry onslaught of new state election laws

BY: - April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House elections panel on Thursday heard from witnesses about the need to craft a new formula that identifies which states or jurisdictions have problematic histories of racial discrimination when it comes to access to the ballot box. The hearing in the House Administration Committee’s elections subcommittee also served as a way […]

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 […]

GOP shifts strategy from election lawsuits to voting laws

BY: - March 31, 2021

As Republican-led legislatures continue a systematic push to pass laws they say are aimed at ratcheting up election security, voting rights advocates in Tennessee worry the entire nation could soon look a lot like the Volunteer State where voter turnout and voter registration figures are among the lowest in the country. The policy debate over […]

Bills you may have missed, from allowing dogs in outdoor dining to banning state nondisclosure deals

BY: - March 29, 2021

Members of the Michigan House and Senate introduced nearly 200 bills in the final two weeks before the Legislature’s two-week spring break. The proposals range from offering $500,000 to a special prosecutor who agrees to investigate Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic to a slew of election restrictions to a bill […]

Biden slams ‘un-American’ GOP drive to curb voting rights in states

BY: - March 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday in his first formal news conference since taking office blasted Republican-controlled state legislatures that are seeking to restrict voting access, labeling those attempts “sick” and “un-American.” Biden specifically referenced proposals like those working their way through Georgia’s state Capitol, where the House and Senate on Thursday approved a GOP-drafted […]

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. […]


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 […]