Poll: Where Michigan voters stand on expanding early voting, private school tax credits
Most Michigan voters support increasing the time frame for in-person voting and preparing absentee ballots before Election Day, but don’t fully support giving tax credits to private school donors, according to a new poll.
Disappointing low voter turnout in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights
An election information desk inside the Dearborn Administrative Center, Aug. 2. Photo: Imad Mohamad/The Arab American NewsDEARBORN – Despite the abundance of electoral benefits for Dearborn and Dearborn Heights residents during the primaries held on Tuesday, polling stations in both cities witnessed a noticeable low voter turnout, compared to the last midterm primary election four years ago. The official results of the primary election in 2018 showed that 21,052 voters cast their votes out of 61,241 registered voters, a rate of 34.38 percent, while on Tuesday 14,535 people voted out of 73,283 registered voters, with a rate of 19.83 percent. The lowest voter turnout was at the Oakman School in East Dearborn, where the turnout was 7.41 percent, with 112 voters casting their votes out of a total of 1,511 registered voters. Dearborn Heights was not better off, as the voter turnout was only 17.76 percent, with 4,438 absentee voters and 3,673 voters on Election Day.arabamericannews.com
Board to assess fraud claims within GOP campaigns for Michigan governor: Here’s what that means
The Michigan Board of State Canvassers is set to meet this week to determine who will appear on the ballot for the 2022 gubernatorial primary election in August after five GOP candidates reportedly failed to submit enough nominating signatures.
EXPLAINER: How mailed ballots slow results in Pennsylvania
Counting of mailed ballots in Pennsylvania is drawing renewed scrutiny amid a too-close-to-call U.S. Senate primary between Republicans David McCormick and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Former President Donald Trump blasted the state’s elections procedures on social media, even though there are no indications of any wrongdoing with those ballots other than a printing error that was slowing the tally in one county.
A political battle turned into a physical fight on Election Day 2012: Our latest Michigan Crime Stories podcast
BAY CITY, MI — It’s Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, and the sun is rising on Election Day. But in the riverside community of Bay City, another political fight — between two local elected representatives — is about to boil over before most alarm bells wake the day’s would-be voters. Their altercation would become the talk of the town by sundown, with an aftermath that would play out in courts months later. You can read our original reporting on this story from the morning of Election Day 2012 here. Subscribe to Michigan Crime Stories: Spotify | Apple | Google | AcastAnd, speaking of elections: Online registration deadline approaches for May election in Michiganmlive.com
Online registration deadline approaches for May election in Michigan
Michiganders in the jurisdictions holding elections May 3 have through April 18 to register to vote online. After this deadline, eligible residents with proof of residency may still register in person at their city or township clerk’s office, through Election Day. If they visit the office in person, voters can receive and submit their absentee ballot in the same trip. A complete list of jurisdictions holding elections on May 3, including four state House districts with a general election to fill partial terms for vacant seats, is available online. Voters can register, apply to vote absentee, see their sample ballot and find their clerk’s office and drop box locations and more information at Michigan.gov/Vote.mlive.com
Redistricting left Genesee County with the same congressman but new battle lines in Michigan Legislature
GENESEE COUNTY, MI -- The state’s new political redistricting has left all county voters with the same congressman they had before, but there’s a good chance they will also have a new state representative or state senator after Election Day. New boundary lines for state House and Senate districts and the pending departure of some legislators because of term limits means that there’s a strong chance many voters will be hearing from politicians they aren’t yet familiar with as campaigns ramp up inside new boundary lines.mlive.com
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said his wife dropped off his ballot for him, which is illegal and punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to a year in prison
"My wife actually dropped it off personally two weeks ago, so it's there," Wolf said in a radio interview. A spokesperson said it was an "honest mistake."news.yahoo.com
How The Washington Post will model possible outcomes in the Virginia governor’s race
How is The Washington Post doing election results this year? Learn more about when we will report results, how our approach to displaying results is different in 2020, how our model works and how we will conclude who has won or lost a race.washingtonpost.com
Voter guide to candidates, ballot questions across Michigan in Nov. 2 election
If not, there is still time to review the candidates and ballot proposals up for a decision in your part of Michigan. Across the state, voters will weigh in on municipal elections, tax proposals and more. Find your area in the list below to learn more about what is on local ballots, as Michigan voters head out to cast their ballots Tuesday, Nov. 2:Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Absentee ballots, too, will be accepted until 8 p.m. Tuesday at your local clerk’s office or a local ballot drop box. First-time voters or anyone who has recently changed addresses can register in person at their local clerk’s office until 8 p.m. Tuesday.mlive.com
Polls open for voting in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County
ANN ARBOR, MI — Election Day is here and polls are now open for voting in Ann Arbor and other parts of Washtenaw County. While there are no county, state or federal races or issues to decide, there are some local ballot proposals and contested local races. That includes four city ballot proposals in Ann Arbor, a tax proposal in Pittsfield Township, mayoral races in Chelsea and Milan, and City Council races in Chelsea, Milan and Saline. Read election reminders and tips from the Ann Arbor city clerk’s office here and view Ann Arbor’s Election Day line tracker here. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Ann Arbor voters to decide election reform proposal in NovemberAnn Arbor officials have mixed feelings about upcoming city electionPittsfield Township asking voters again for public safety tax increaseHow they voted: Ann Arbor City Council vote breakdown for October 2021Ann Arbor spent over $10M on city employee overtime in last three yearsmlive.com
Dearborn clerk office open for extended Election Day hours
The Property Maintenance and Development Services (PMADS) counter inside the DAC will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to accommodate Election Day activities. Individuals who have not yet registered to vote can register on Election Day and cast their vote at the same time at the Clerk’s Office. To register to vote in person, residents must bring valid photo ID and proof of residency to the Clerk’s Office. Monday, Nov. 1 was the last day for registered voters to request an absentee voter ballot. Arabic language resourcesSample ballots are available at the City Clerk’s office, as well as on the City Clerk’s Voter Information Center online.arabamericannews.com
Your guide to everything on Nov. 2 election ballots in Kalamazoo County
In Kalamazoo County, voters will elect candidates in a handful of local races in Kalamazoo, Portage and Parchment, and various local tax proposals. But, any city voters registering on or after Oct. 19 must do so in-person at the Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office, inside City Hall, and must provide proof of residency, the city of Kalamazoo said. Here is a look at the races and issues on which Kalamazoo County voters will cast ballots next week:Kalamazoo City CommissionIn the city of Kalamazoo, eight people are running for four open seats on the Kalamazoo City Commission. Kalamazoo MayorMLive also sent surveys to the two candidates running for mayor in Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo Metro tax proposalThe Kalamazoo County Transportation Authority has a millage renewal on the Nov. 2 ballot for the Metro Connect Program, where people can reserve public transportation rides.mlive.com
Mays alone on Nov. 2 ballot in 1st Ward, says he could become next Flint City Council president
“I believe that if I win re-election ... and that (if) those I pray for to win (also win), then they ‘might’ elect Councilman Mays president of the Flint City Council ...,” Mays said in response to an MLive-The Flint Journal questionnaire. NAME: Eric MaysAGE: 63WHAT OFFICE ARE YOU SEEKING: Flint City Council 1st WardFAMILY: Son of the late Rev. IF SO, PLEASE LIST THE OFFICE AND THE YEARS HELD: 1st Ward Flint city councilman since November 2013. WHAT IS YOUR ASSESSMENT OF THE CURRENT CITY COUNCIL AND WHAT STEPS WOULD YOU TAKE TO CHANGE THE CULTURE OF THE CITY COUNCIL? My assessment of the current City Council is that Mrs. or Ms. (Priestley) needs to win the 4th Ward council seat, Mr. (Pfeiffer) needs to win the 8th Ward council seat, Ms. Audrey Young needs to win the 2nd Ward council seat, Jeri Winfrey-Carter needs to “retain” her 5th Ward council seat, Monica Galloway needs to “retain” her 7th Ward council seat.mlive.com
WH: GOP spent like 'drunken sailors' - now must pay
White House press secretary Jen Psaki bluntly calls out GOP lawmakers about their spending during the Trump era and their refusal now to raise the national debt limit. Psaki said they "spent like drunken sailors," during the last four years. (Oct. 4)news.yahoo.com
Report shows big spike in mail ballots during 2020 election
A new report shows fewer than one-third of voters who cast ballots in last year’s U.S. presidential election did so at a polling place on Election Day as the coronavirus pandemic led states to greatly expand mail-in balloting and early voting.
Benson applauds absentee voters, says Tuesday’s elections ran smoothly
LANSING, MI — Tuesday’s elections across the state ran smoothly and without any major problems, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in a statement Wednesday. Benson applauded hundreds of thousands of Michiganders who chose to vote from home by casting absentee ballots. Unofficial results were tabulated efficiently, including in Detroit, where the majority of absentee ballot totals were reported Tuesday evening, with the remainder completed very early Wednesday morning, the department said. The number of absentee ballots cast in this year’s primary was more than double the August 2017 figure, when 73,846 absentee ballots made up 4.5% of votes cast. Write-in votes in the race came to 20.7% of total votes cast.mlive.com
Liz Cheney refuses to link Trump’s false election claims, GOP’s push for new voting restrictions
After losing a leadership role for calling out former president Donal Trump's false election claims, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) disputed that those falsehoods have animated the GOP's push in dozens of states to enact new voting restrictions.washingtonpost.com
Democrats challenge ‘easier to vote’ pitch in Senate GOP election package
LANSING, MI - Senate Republicans say a package of bills introduced this week would make it “easier to vote, harder to cheat” in Michigan elections. Many of the Senate bills specifically target the policies of Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat. Read more: Michigan Senate GOP debuts election reforms critical of Secretary of State’s handling of November election‘Dead on arrival’Whitmer made it known hours after the Senate bills were introduced that she’s loading up on ink for future vetoes. Democrats are focusing the majority of their criticism of Senate bills 273 through 311 on the absentee ballot measures. His previous comments shine a light on the aims of the Republican election bills, Inglot said.mlive.com
EXPLAINER: Varying views on how to keep accurate voter rolls
Maintaining accurate voter rolls is a bipartisan concern, but there is little agreement on the best way to do it. Republicans say Democrats are too lax, resulting in bloated voter rolls that undermine confidence and invite fraud. Here is an explanation of how voter rolls are maintained, how states do it differently and the conflicts over this year’s legislative proposals. WHAT ARE VOTER ROLLS AND HOW ARE THEY MAINTAINED? In 2016, New York City’s Board of Elections improperly removed more than 200,000 names from the voter rolls.
Iowa Republicans cut back early voting and Election Day hours
Iowa Republicans cut back early voting and Election Day hours Iowa Republican Governor Kim Reynolds signed a GOP-backed law this week to restrict the state's early and Election Day voting. CBS News reporter Adam Brewster joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" host Elaine Quijano to discuss efforts by Republicans across the country to limit voting access.cbsnews.com
Michigan Secretary of State makes push for major election reform
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson pushed for sweeping changes to the state’s elections on Monday. There could be some changes coming to Election Day itself. He said making Election Day a holiday to make it easier to vote and volunteer is also part of the legislative agenda. Such as requiring absentee ballot applications be mailed to every registered voter, allowing clerks to start processing ballots two weeks before Election Day and allowing mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day or just after to be counted. She also called on Republicans, without naming them, who have been spreading falsehoods about the state’s election process to stop.
Biden promised to forgive student debt, but don't expect relief anytime soon
As Nate Wlodarchak drove people to the polls on Election Day, he couldn't stop picturing his life without student debt. On the campaign trail, now President Joe Biden had promised to forgive $10,000 of the loans for all borrowers, which would practically reset Wlodarchak's balance to zero. However, with the Biden administration coming in amid dual and historic economic and health crises, student loan forgiveness may not come as quickly as some had hoped. An aide for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said cancelling student debt would make the biggest strides toward closing the racial wealth gap since the Civil Rights movement. On his first day in office, President Biden signed an executive order extending the pause on monthly payments for federal student loan borrowers through September 2021.cnbc.com
Virginia holiday commemorating Confederate generals won't be celebrated in 2021, for the first time in over 100 years
In Virginia, that weekend also featured a holiday that commemorated the lives of two Confederate generals — until now. Friday marked the first time in over 100 years that the Commonwealth of Virginia did not officially celebrate the former state holiday, Lee-Jackson Day. Many have commented on Northam's post saying that Confederate soldiers need to be honored. "...I will honor those confederate soldiers despite the new ideology that this is the present. Confederate soldiers helped us win wars and they are being disrespected."cbsnews.com
Walberg to object to certain Presidential Electors Wednesday
U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, announced he will formally object during the Electoral College certification process Wednesday. U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, announced he will formally object during the Electoral College certification process Wednesday. Since Election Day, constituents have demanded Congress launch a full investigation into potential fraud and election irregularities and ensure election integrity measures are enacted. This includes objecting to the electoral votes from disputed states where there is evidence warranting an investigation. Additionally, in 2005, 31 House Democrats objected to the counting of Ohio's electoral votes in the 2004 presidential election claiming widespread irregularities on Election Day.monroenews.com
Biden surpasses 270 Electoral College votes, formalizing his victory. Here's how the electoral vote works.
ET, California's electors cast their state's 55 Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, putting him over the 270 needed to win. Maine awards two of its four electoral votes to the statewide winner but also allocates an electoral vote to the popular vote winner in each of its two congressional districts. Garlin Gilchrist opens the state's Electoral College session at the state capitol in Lansing on December 14, 2020. Once a candidate reaches 270 electoral college votes, Pence will declare the winner. Once a candidate reaches 270 electoral college votes, Pence will declare the winner.cbsnews.com
Michiganders on shortlist for President-Elect Joe Biden cabinet jobs
DETROIT – After Michigan played such a key role in his election many are expecting President-Elect Joe Biden to tap Michiganders to be part of the new administration. Several names of Michigan Democrats have already been floated just days before Biden is set to name more picks. The United Auto Workers and Communications Workers unions have thrown support behind the sophomore representative earlier this month. Biden has responded to calls for more progressive cabinet members by saying they already have “significant representation.”For weeks Gov. Dane County was the second and last county to finish its recount, reporting a 45-vote gain for Trump.