Michigan election workers want more done to keep them safe as they face threats, harassment
During the 2020 election, Canton Township Clerk Michael Siegrist’s office collected more than 57,000 ballots. They did it safely and securely. But once the counting was done, the threats started, coming by the dozens.
Michigan Senate leader: Absentee ballot processing bill still alive
Allowing clerks to begin processing, but not counting, ballots the day before the election would not necessarily be a permanent change, he said. He said he could not predict if or when the Senate would act but said it is “being very seriously considered.”He said some jurisdictions efficiently processed an enormous number of absentee ballots while others “struggled to get it done. About 1.6 million ballots cast were absentee — returned by mail, at drop boxes or inside clerks' offices — topping the record of 1.3 million from November 2016. Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, local clerks and voting-rights groups have urged the Republican-led Legislature to let election workers start processing absentee ballots the day before Election Day. Johnson said cities or townships with more than 25,000 residents should be able to do certain processing of absentee ballots on Monday, Nov. 2.
Large numbers of mail-in ballots could slow vote counting for Michigan primary election
This is after Benson’s office spent $4.5 million of federal funds to mail absentee ballot applications to all 7.7 million registered voters. A number of non-voting individuals, whether it be because they are deceased, moved out of state or some other reason, received absentee ballot applications from Benson’s office. Under election rules, the counting of absentee ballots can’t begin until 7 a.m. on Election Day. Legislation that would allow clerks to start processing ballots the day before the election is stalled in the Michigan Legislature. About 5,000 Election Day workers have been recruited to bolster staff at polls.
Michigan lawmakers pass resolutions against Gov. Whitmers nursing home policy
Gretchen Whitmers nursing home policy, which commingles patients who test positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) with healthy residents. READ: Whitmer defends nursing home policyOn Thursday, members of the Michigan House and Senate passed resolutions calling on Whitmer to end her policy. During Thursdays hearing, Dr. Rebecca Cope spoke with the Senate Health Policy Committee about this topic. Officials with the Michigan Health Department said more than one-third of the states nearly 6,000 coronavirus deaths came from nursing homes. Lucidos bill looks to end regional hubs and prevent COVID-19 patients from entering nursing homes.
Why you may need to apply for a new Michigan license, ID card
LANSING, Mich. - If you're planning on flying or need to enter a federal building, you may need to update your Michigan ID. Michigan residents should check their license or ID card renewal notice when it arrives in the mail for information about whether they already have complied with REAL ID identification requirements. To obtain a compliant card, residents will need to bring a certified birth certificate or another approved document to any Secretary of State office. Card-holders who do not apply for a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card will receive a standard one with Not for federal identification printed on it. The REAL ID Act passed Congress in 2005 on a bipartisan basis, and the administrations of Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump have worked to enforce it.
Flashpoint 10/21/18: SOS candidates debate; group donates $100 million to Detroit
Candidates Jocelyn Benson and Mary Treder Lang came face to face on this edition of Flashpoint. Benson is the democratic candidate and Treder is the republican candidate in the race for Secretary of State. Dave Egner, the president and CEO of the Ralph Wilson Junior Foundation will make an appearance on Flashpoint to discuss the gift. Segment 1:Candidates in the race for secretary of state, democrat, Jocelyn Benson and republican, Mary Treder Lang come face to face. Segment 2:Dave Egner, president and CEO of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation discusses the group's recent $100 million gift to the city of Detroit.
Michigan Senate approves bill to allow online voter registration
LANSING – Michiganders should be able to register to vote online, state senators say. The lawmakers voted 35-1 Thursday for five bills that would enact an electronic voter registration database operated through Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office. Individuals electing to sign up this way must possess a valid driver’s license or official state ID card. Because driver’s license registration already exists online through the secretary of state’s website, supporters of the legislation say incorporating electronic registration in voting as well streamlines registration without compromising security. The bills now head to the House, where similar bills already are under consideration.