November election was secure, Michigan county clerks tell state lawmakers
Amid ongoing legal challenges to Michigan’s election results and a dramatic certification process in Michigan’s largest county, three county clerks spent more than three hours working to assure state lawmakers that from their standpoint, the Nov. 3 election was secure. “I cannot express how very unfortunate it is that the human error has called into question the integrity of Antrim County’s election process,” she said. She also recommended giving county clerks the authority to remove dead people from the qualified voter file. None of the lawsuits challenging Michigan’s election process have won a court battle yet. At Thursday’s hearing, Rep. Cynthia Johnson, D-Detroit, questioned the point of the hearings when the statewide election results are clear.mlive.com
Michigan clerks prepare for Tuesday’s election: More absentee voting than ever
LANSING, Mich. – More than 2.6 million Michigan voters have turned in their absentee ballots and the state is still waiting on almost 700,000 absentee ballots that had been sent out and yet to be returned with only days before Tuesday’s election. Due to changes made in 2018 to voter laws and now growing public health concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, more Michigan residents are voting absentee than ever before. The previous record was set this year in the August primary at 1.6 million absentee ballots. Ingham County saw 30,684 absentee ballots cast in the 2016 election, County Clerk Barb Byrum said in a media call Thursday alongside Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope. “This is a pretty intense election, not that anything will happen on Election Day, but I wouldn't want to put myself in the position,” Briffin said.
Complaint flushed: No charge in Michigan toilet election display
MASON, Mich. – A prosecutor in Michigan has flushed a complaint about a toilet that was promoted as a place to drop absentee ballots. The election clerk in Ingham County informed police about a toilet on the front lawn of a home in Mason, near Lansing. A sign said, "Place mail in ballots here.”Barb Byrum, a Democrat, said it's a felony to take illegal possession of absentee ballots. Election officials fear that Trump's earlier claims about “mayhem” could cause anxiety among voters at a time when absentee ballots are being promoted to avoid coronavirus risks. About 2.4 million Michigan voters so far have asked for absentee ballots.
Toilet in Michigan yard that says ‘place ballots here’ prompts investigation
MASON, MI — Despite what the sign says, you should not flush your mail-in ballots down the toilet. The sign in a yard on West Columbia Street of the town near Lansing calls on voters to “Place mail in ballots here!” with an arrow pointing to a toilet. Related: Michigan Senate passes bill to allow absentee ballot processing to begin one day early“I know Michigan elections are safe and secure,” regardless of how a voter returns their ballot, Byrum said. Local clerks in the state will begin mailing out absentee ballots on Thursday. Michigan officials are preparing for record vote-in mailing during the coronavirus pandemic despite pressure from President Trump, who questions the security of mass absentee voting.mlive.com
Its Not Too Late: Absentee Voters Can Vote Again If Favorite Candidate Is Out
DETROIT (AP) Its not too late: Voters who used an absentee ballot for Michigans March 10 presidential primary election can change their preference and vote again. Absentee voting in Michigan is up substantially now that voters can cast an absentee ballot for any reason. As of Sunday, 453,193 absentee ballots were returned out of 812,278 issued, according to the secretary of states office. Maybe your candidate said something to change your mind.A voter can scratch their absentee ballot by submitting a written request to their local clerk. An absentee ballot may be thrown out in person at the clerks office until 4 p.m. next Monday.detroit.cbslocal.com