Lawmakers ask attorney general to look at Michigan redistricting commission’s decision to hold closed session
Lawmakers from both parties are asking Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to investigate after a meeting of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission held a closed session.
Detroit city clerk, Secretary of State Benson say they are grateful for voter turnout in Michigan
DETROIT – As counting continues at TCF Center in Detroit Tuesday night, city clerk Janice Winfrey and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said they were pleased with the voter turnout in the city and state. Our poll workers decided to come out and work during this pandemic and I couldn’t be more grateful,” said Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey. There were long lines at some locations around Metro Detroit, and the turnout was record setting. And I’m truly grateful for every single person who was part of team democracy, making it work,” Benson said. READ: Michigan Attorney General investigates robocalls spreading misinformation on Election DayYou can watch Hank Winchester’s full report in the video posted above.
Volunteers count ballots at the TCF Center in Detroit
DETROIT – TCF Center in Detroit is packed with hundreds of poll workers making sure that every vote is counted in this year’s election. The workers have been up since the early hours of the morning on Tuesday. There are heavy security measures not just in terms of the voting but also strict measures surrounding COVID-19. Those in charge want their staff safe while completing such a large task. MORE: View map: State-by-state presidential results for Nov. 3, 2020 General Election
AP VoteCast: Michigan voters sour on state of nation, say virus is top priority
Voters in Michigan made their pick for president while holding negative views about the country’s direction, according to an expansive AP survey of the American electorate. AP VoteCast found that 38% of Michigan voters said the U.S. is on the right track and 61% of voters said it is headed in the wrong direction. AP VoteCast data for Michigan: pic.twitter.com/qR8OJncUDo — Dave Bartkowiak Jr. (@DaveBartko) November 3, 2020FACING THE PANDEMICThe coronavirus pandemic has spread through the U.S. for roughly eight months, killing more than 230,000 Americans. Overall, 17% of voters said the virus in the U.S. is completely or mostly under control, and 29% said it’s somewhat under control. ON THE ISSUESThe coronavirus pandemic was top of mind for many voters in Michigan.
Kamala Harris, Mike Pence make final push to get Michigan votes on Election Day
DETROIT – Election Day is here. In Michigan, the last minute push for votes continued with Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris making a stop in Detroit. Although millions have already cast their ballots, many across the country and in Michigan waited until Election Day to fill in the bubble for their candidate. On Tuesday, Local 4 spoke to both Vice President Mike Pence and Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris as they appealed one last time to voters in Michigan. READ: Complete Election Day coverageWhy would you make yourself available to voters?
President Trump holds rally in Traverse City, Grand Rapids Monday night
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – President Donald Trump makes his last few stops in Michigan on Monday one day before Election Day. The president held a rally in Traverse City early in the day and then a late night rally in Grand Rapids. “We want the same result as we had four years ago from Michigan,” Trump said in Traverse City. “I’m asking you to go tomorrow and vote for a person named President Trump.”READ: With post-election lawsuits looming, a final push for votesREAD: President Donald Trump’s campaign focuses on Michigan ahead of Election DayVice President Mike Pence spoke in Grand Rapids Monday night ahead of the president. “We’re here tonight for the same reason you are... And that is Michigan and American need four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House,” Pence said.
Election officials get head start on absentee ballots at TCF Center
DETROIT – Election officials are getting a head start inside Detroit’s TCF Center on Monday -- opening envelopes, matching ballots and voters and logging them into the state system, and setting the ballots aside to be counted on Tuesday’s Election Day. As of Monday, more than 2.6 million absentee votes have been returned statewide with at least another 700,000 expected to arrive by Tuesday. On Sunday, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said that it won’t be up to anyone except the state. “Candidates don’t get to choose who wins an election, the voters do. And myself and the 1,500 clerks and 83 county clerks all across the state will be vigilantly committed to counting every ballot vote,” Benson said.
Both presidential campaigns making final push to Election Day
With one day left until Election Day on Nov. 3, more people from both campaign teams are showing up in Michigan, aiming to gather as many votes as possible. President Trump stopped in Washington Township Sunday, holding a rally at Total Sports Park. READ: Both presidential campaigns prioritize Michigan ahead of Election DayREAD: Michigan Election 2020: How to find your voting precinctFormer President Barack Obama, Vice President Mike Pence, former Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden and even Gov. In the meantime, Trump and Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden are both planning to campaign leading up to Tuesday. On Monday, Trump is preparing for his final two stops in Traverse City and Grand Rapids -- Grand Rapids was the final stop on Trump’s campaign trail back in 2016.
Joe Biden, former President Obama hold drive-in rally on Belle Isle
DETROIT – Cars packed Belle Isle Saturday for the drive-in rally held by Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden with former President Barack Obama. READ: Presidential candidates make final push for Michigan last weekend before Election DaySome people who attended addressed certain issues. On Sunday, Trump will hold a rally at 11 a.m. in Washington Township at Total Sports Park. Then on Monday, the president will be in Traverse City before holding a 10:30 p.m. rally at the Grand Rapids based Gerald R. Ford International Airport. READ: US judge orders USPS to speed up election ballot delivery in DetroitWatch the full report in the video above.
Douglas Emhoff to campaign for Joe Biden, wife Kamala Harris in Michigan Sunday
All rights reserved)Douglas Emhoff, the husband of Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, is scheduled to visit Michigan on Sunday. Emhoff is set to attend a canvass launch at 1 p.m. in Ann Arbor, and then another at 2:30 p.m. in Madison Heights. On Saturday, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama visited Detroit and Flint. READ: Presidential candidates make final push for Michigan last weekend before Election DayPresident and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is also focusing campaign efforts toward Michigan voters in the final days leading up to the election. Then on Monday, the president will be in Traverse City before holding a rally at the Grand Rapids based Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
Classical musicians aim to motivate Detroit voters with virtual concert
DETROIT – A group of classical musicians are using their talents to encourage Detroiters to vote in the presidential election on Tuesday. Musician Alycia Wilder-Mollison and her string quartet are partnering with Declare Detroit to hold a virtual concert on Sunday in an effort to inspire people to vote. Francis Grunow with Declare Detroit says the group has been working tirelessly to encourage Detroit residents to vote and make their voices heard in the 2020 General Election. Wilder-Mollison says she, her string quartet and a vocalist will play the gospel song “We Shall Overcome," which became an anthem during the Civil Rights Movement. Related: Barack Obama, Stevie Wonder to campaign with Joe Biden in Detroit, Flint on Halloween
Here’s how polling precincts will look different on Election Day amid pandemic
DETROIT – There are only a few days left until Election Day on November 3. City clerk Janice Winfrey spoke out Thursday, encouraging people to get out and vote in the upcoming presidential election. “We want every voter to show up and vote in this election,” Winfrey said. Voting lines could also be longer than usual on Election Day, as the state anticipates a record turnout of voters. President Donald Trump has called out Benson before, saying he is concerned about the election in Michigan and the integrity of the election process.
Proposition 1 could change how Michigan buys land, renovates parks in Nov. election
In addition to the races for office in the November election, Michigan voters should prepare to vote on a few proposals that would change the state’s constitution. Proposition 1, also known as Prop 1, will change the way Michigan buys new land and renovates state parks. Specifically, the proposition impacts how much money Michigan can hold in the trust the funds state parks, and where that money ultimately goes. The proposition on the 2020 General Election ballot has been a long time coming -- the last major change to how Michigan funds state parks occurred in the mid 1990s. It is also supported by business groups like the Michigan Oil and Gas Association and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.
Poll results: Was plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer a serious threat, or just talk?
When news of the alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer broke earlier this month, it made international headlines. In an exclusive Local 4/The Detroit News poll, we asked Michigan voters: Was the plot to kidnap Gov. The results: 77% of Michigan voters take that plot seriously and don’t think it was just talk -- a defense being used by attorneys representing the men accused in the plot. 14.7% of polled Michigan voters thought that the alleged domestic terror plot was just talk, while 8.1% of voters said that they “don’t know." The poll also asked Michigan voters how worried they are about militia groups in Michigan, which have been active for years in the state.
MDOS, Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness provide voting resources to less fortunate Michiganders
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of State announced Wednesday it will be providing resources to educate Michiganders facing homelessness about their voting rights. The outreach includes an online toolkit curated to provide accurate information about homelessness and voting, a webinar hosted in partnership with the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness and voter registration drives at shelters. "Our work to provide resources and information to voters in this community will help ensure they can vote with confidence that their ballot will count.”A new toolkit will dispel misconceptions and provide accurate voting information and guidance for homeless individuals. The department joined with the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness to promote voter education and registration. As part of this partnership, MDOS will join the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness and Communities First, Inc. to host a webinar aimed at educating homelessness advocacy organizations in how to assist their clients with voter registration, early voting and getting to the polls on Election Day.
Election Day security: Have there been any credible threats to polling places?
The focus is on in-person voting and keeping Michigan voters safe from COVID-19 and possible harassment or intimidation while people wait in line to cast their ballot. “My understanding is that Michigan State Police are going to enforce the (open carry) ban anywhere that local law enforcement is unable or unwilling to do so,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. The Local 4 Defenders asked if any credible threats of violence have been made, or are state and local officials seeing evidence of voter intimidation to keep voters from polls? “The role that voters have asked me to play as the chief election officer is to enforce the law in this way and ensure they are protected on Election Day,” Benson said. Will banning open carry invite open carry protests for law enforcement to deal with?
Absentee voters in Michigan urged to hand-deliver ballots to clerk’s office or drop boxes to avoid postal delays
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is urging absentee voters to hand-deliver ballots to their local election clerk’s office or ballot drop boxes. “Voters who already have their absentee ballot should hand-deliver it to their city or township election clerk’s office or ballot drop box. Citizens can register to vote at their local clerk’s office through Nov. 3, they need to bring proof of residency. Voters should click here to find their local clerk’s office, drop box locations or track their absentee ballot. As of Monday, more than 1.5 million Michigan citizens already cast absentee ballots and nearly 3 million had requested them.
Oakland County clerk’s office holds demonstration of election integrity
PONTIAC, Mich. – Oakland County officials are testing election security, and election workers are testing for every possible way to fill out a ballot to make sure nothing is out of place before Election Day. We have so many checks and balances in place in Michigan,” said Oakland County clerk Lisa Brown. Millions have already cast their ballots, and county clerks are working to be able to prepare their counts one day early. Election officials are also warning to get ballots in as soon as possible or even drop them off in person so the count can get underway on Nov. 3. My staff’s done an incredible job to find the most efficient process, and I think we’ll be OK,” Brown said.
Gov. Whitmer: State will do ‘everything to keep people safe’ during election
Whitmer said she believes there could still be serious threats out there, but the state is prepared to keep voters safe on election day. I’m protected by the Michigan State Police and they are an incredibly professional organization,” Whitmer said. And I want to remind Michiganders that you can vote today. You can go into the clerk’s office and cast your vote today. “I’m not worried but we are preparing to make sure that we do everything to keep people safe,” Whitmer said.
Can you vote in person in Michigan for the 2020 General Election amid the coronavirus pandemic?
Michigan voters who feel uncomfortable voting in person amid the pandemic now have the option to vote by mail using an absent voter ballot. The state of Michigan mailed absentee voting applications to all registered Michigan voters in May for this year’s August and November elections. There is still time for Michigan voters to request a mail-in ballot for the General Election on November 3. You can apply to receive an absent voter ballot on the state’s website right here. Learn more: Voting by mail in Michigan for 2020 General Election: What to knowDo you need a voter registration card in order to vote in person?
What to know before voting in General Election in Michigan on Nov. 3, 2020
Are Michigan polls still open for in-person voting during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? All registered Michigan voters do also have the option to instead vote by mail using an absent voter ballot. Vote-by-mail option for Michigan votersThe state of Michigan mailed absentee voting applications to all registered Michigan voters in May for both this year’s August and November elections. Click here to learn more about voting by mail in Michigan for the 2020 General Election. Click here to view a sample of your Michigan ballot for the 2020 General Election.
Poll: Michigan voters wary of getting COVID-19 vaccine
Michigan voters are on the fence on getting a potential vaccine for COVID-19, a new WDIV/Detroit News poll finds. Other polling news:Even with their doctor’s recommendation, voters aged 30-49 would remain sharply opposed to getting the vaccine. The strongest opposition to getting a vaccine comes from Republican voters. 53.5% of Black voters also oppose getting the vaccine, according to the poll. METHODOLOGYThe Glengariff Group, Inc. conducted a Michigan statewide survey of November 2020 likely general election voters.
2 conservative operatives charged with intimidating Michigan voters in robocall investigation
According to Nessel, 12,000 people with 313 area codes received the robocall in late August. The two men are each charged with four felonies for breaking election laws. “These robocalls alone could impact who our next president is.”Burkman, who is from Virgina is a conservative lobbyist. Wohl, who is from Los Angeles, is known for promoting right-wing conspiracy theories and trying to smear prominent Democrats. “We absolutely intend to defend voters in this state and to enforce the laws,” Nessel said.
Michigan appeals court: SOS Benson’s mass mailing of absent ballot applications OK
When Benson announced the mass mailing, she was criticized by President Donald Trump, who wrongly stated that she was sending absentee ballots, not applications. The previous record for absent voter ballots cast in a Michigan election was 1.3 million in the 2016 Presidential Election. Already, about 2.3 million absentee ballots have been requested for the fall election, which Benson said puts Michigan on track to receive more than 3 million that are completed. Of the 7.7 million registered voters in Michigan, about 5 million are expected to participate in the upcoming election, officials said in August. About 10,000 absent voter ballots were rejected in Michigan’s Primary Election in August.
Michigan SOS: Influx of voters, mail-in ballots to stretch Election Day into election week this Nov.
While absent voter ballots provide a safe alternative to voting in person at the polls on Election Day, the process of counting absent voter ballots can determine how quickly, or not, final election results are announced. Processing absent voter ballots in MichiganThe process for counting absent voter ballots is different in each state. In Michigan, election workers are not allowed to begin processing absent voter ballots until 7 a.m. on Election Day. The previous record for absent voter ballots cast in a Michigan election was 1.3 million in the 2016 Presidential Election. Polling precincts will still be open for Michigan voters from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Michigan Primary Election on Aug. 4, 2020: What to know
Those who applied to receive an absentee ballot for the Michigan primary should have already received it in the mail. Because the Michigan Primary Election focuses on supporting local representatives, ballots will significantly vary from district to district and county to county. Every Michigan ballot will, however, share the first line of candidates running for seats in the U.S. Congress (pictured below). A sample ballot for the Michigan primary election on August 4, 2020. ClickOnDetroit will compile Michigan election results.
When is the deadline to mail in absentee ballots for 2020 Michigan Primary Election?
The 2020 Michigan Primary Election is coming up, and absentee ballots have to be returned before polls close at 8 p.m. on August 4. To return your absentee ballot on time, you have two options:Return your absentee ballot by mailYou can return your completed absentee ballot by mailing it to your local clerks office. The back of the envelope containing the completed absentee ballot must be signed by the voter or it will not be counted. Those who applied to receive an absentee ballot for the Michigan primary should have already received it in the mail. In-person voting will still be available for the 2020 Michigan Primary Election on Aug. 4, even amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Heres what your ballot will look like for the 2020 Michigan Primary Election on Aug. 4
The 2020 Michigan Primary Election is coming up on August 4 -- and if you plan to vote in person, it may be helpful to know what your ballot will look like ahead of time. Because the upcoming Michigan Primary Election focuses on supporting local representatives, ballots will significantly vary from district to district and county to county. Every Michigan ballot will, however, share the first line of candidates running for seats in the U.S. Congress (pictured below). A sample ballot for the Michigan primary election on August 4, 2020. Those who applied to receive an absentee ballot for the Michigan primary should have already received it in the mail.
Can you vote in person for the 2020 Michigan Primary Election amid the coronavirus pandemic?
The 2020 Michigan Primary Election is coming up on August 4 amid rising coronavirus (COVID-19) cases across the state. Face masks are not required to be worn when voting in person in Michigan, according to Gov. Michigan voters who feel uncomfortable voting in person amid the pandemic now have the option to vote by mail with an absentee ballot. The state of Michigan mailed absentee voting applications to all registered Michigan voters in May. Those who applied to receive an absentee ballot for the Michigan primary should have already received it in the mail.
2020 Michigan Primary Election: What to know before voting on Aug. 4
The 2020 Michigan Primary Election is on Tuesday, August 4. The state of Michigan mailed absentee voting applications to all registered Michigan voters in May. Those who applied to receive an absentee ballot for the Michigan primary should have already received it in the mail. Absentee ballots can be returned by mail so long as it is received by 8 p.m. on August 4. Every Michigan ballot will, however, share the first line of candidates running for seats in the U.S. Congress (pictured below).