voting

Misinformation about voting crops up around the U.S. as midterm elections near

BY: - November 3, 2022

In Colorado, an error in early October involving voter registration postcards that were mailed to non-citizens in the state morphed into a conspiracy theory about voter fraud. In Iowa, voters in late September received phone calls spreading misinformation about how they could vote, with Iowans falsely told they could cast their ballots over the phone, the Iowa Capital Dispatch […]

Court tosses GOP lawsuit seeking more Republican election inspectors in Flint

BY: - November 3, 2022

A Genesee Circuit Court Judge dismissed a lawsuit on Wednesday that would require Flint to hire more Republican election inspectors.  The lawsuit was filed by the Michigan Republican Party and the Republican National Committee due to concerns the city had violated the party’s rights under Michigan state law for an “equal number as nearly as […]

With basic LGBTQ+ rights on the line, Michigan coalition works to get out the vote

BY: - October 29, 2022

As a cacophony of overt anti-gay and trans bigotry serving as a hallmark for this year’s midterm elections, a statewide coalition of LGBTQ+ organizations is carrying out what they believe to be one of the largest efforts in the nation to get voters to cast ballots for the Nov. 8 election. “Equality Michigan and our […]

Karamo files long-shot lawsuit to require Detroit residents to vote in person

BY: - October 28, 2022

GOP Secretary of State nominee Kristina Karamo filed a lawsuit Wednesday to require Detroit voters to vote in person or obtain their ballots in person at the clerk’s office. “This is the only valid process of identity in the statute because the [Michigan secretary of state] failed to promulgate a signature comparison rule,” the lawsuit […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: How you can make your voice heard this election

BY: - October 19, 2022

We hear it every time there’s an election year: Get out and vote to effect change in your communities. And it’s true; voting is one of the most important tools we have to put our political values into practice. You can bet I’ll be casting a ballot this November — but voting is just one […]

Whitmer signs bills allowing clerks to preprocess absentee ballots, overseas service members to vote electronically

BY: - October 10, 2022

A set of bipartisan election bills were signed into law Friday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Whitmer said the bills were “expanding voting access for Michiganders who are serving our nation in uniform and authorizing local clerks to pre-process absentee ballots two days before Election Day,” that would “help more people exercise their constitutional right to […]

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 […]