Stories tagged: "absentee voting"


In this Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, watches during the State of the State address at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Michigan lawmakers plan to convene for the first time in weeks to lengthen Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's emergency declaration amid the coronavirus pandemic but are at odds over the extension and whether the session is even necessary. The Republican-led Legislature is scheduled to meet Tuesday, April 7, 2020, three weeks after last voting. Shirkey's spokeswoman said “He thinks we can come to some middle ground in terms of the extension, and that doesn't preclude it from being extended again if were necessary at some point.”
How a Handful of Michiganders Could Make Voting Harder for the Rest of Us

Michigan voters overwhelmingly chose to expand access to ballot boxes in 2018. Now a loophole is allowing the GOP to propose stripping these rights with just 3% of Michiganders pushing for it.

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2020, file photo, people carry signs supporting voting rights and former Vice President Joe Biden, during a "Souls to the Polls" march in Model City, Miami. A tough road lies ahead for Biden who will need to chart a path forward to unite a bitterly divided nation and address America’s fraught history of racism that manifested this year through the convergence of three national crises. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
Michigan Voter Turnout Could Tank if These Republican Bills Pass

If Republicans pass these 39 bills, rights that helped Michiganders shatter voter turnout records during the pandemic would be stripped.

Young voters like these Michigan State University students came out in record number for the 2020 election.
Michigan Proves Young People Care About Voting

With absentee ballots alone, more than three times as many Michigan youth voted in this year’s election than in 2016.

Ballots being prepared for early voters. Photo courtesy Taylor City Clerk Cindy Bower.
A Tidal Wave of Ballots: More Than 2.5 Million Michiganders Have Already Voted in the 2020 Election

Before the sun rises on Election Day, Michigan will already be halfway past the total votes cast in 2016.

Detroit voters can still request their party box to celebrate civic engagement.
You Could Be One of 10,000 Voters to Receive a Free ‘Party at the Mailbox.’ Here’s How.

Voting for the first time can be daunting or dull—especially in a pandemic. These women want to make it an experience to remember.

Michigan voters who choose to drop off their absentee ballots must use a box in their registered jurisdiction. Photos by Franz Knight.
Here’s How to Turn in Your Ballot at One of Michigan’s 700+ Drop-Off Locations

In an age of mail delays, many Michiganders say they want to drop their ballots off by hand. Here’s how to find the nearest drop-off locations by county.

Despite the larger number of people taking advantage of Absentee Ballots, a few still choose to vote in person at the polls. Photo by Franz Knight.
Michigan Clerks Tell Us What They Learned From the Primary, and What Needs to Change by November

As November looms, work is already underway to shore election procedures.