Stories tagged: "voting access"


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks to members of the National Guard. (Governor Gretchen Whitmer via Facebook)
Whitmer Signs New Legislation to Expand Voting Rights for Michigan Military Members Overseas

New signed bipartisan legislation in Michigan will ensure that absentee ballots from military and overseas voters are counted up to six days after an election.

In this Dec. 23, 2009 file photo, United States Marine LCpl. Franklin Romans of Michigan, from the 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines "Warlords" searches a house during an operation in the Garmsir district of the volatile Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer, File)
Lawmakers Launch Plans to Expand Voting Rights in Michigan—Beginning with Military Families

New legislation aims to make it easier for military members and their families to make their voices heard on Election Day.

A young striker (left) with suffrage and labor activist Flora Dodge "Fola" La Follette (middle) and social reformer and missionary Rose Livingston (right) during a garment strike in New York City in 1913. (Library of Congress via Unsplash)
Here’s When Women (Finally) Got the Right to Vote in 50 Countries

While it might feel as though it's been an inalienable right for as long as we can remember, it really wasn't that long ago that women not only didn't have the right to vote, but also couldn't own land, travel freely, or work outside the traditional roles prescribed by society.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks at a press conference on Tuesday. (Michigan Secretary of State's Office via Facebook)
Benson Plans to Protect Election Officials in Wake of Threats

After threats against election workers have soared in the wake of a right-wing campaign to push lies about the 2020 election, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Democratic lawmakers announced Tuesday plans to protect election officials and crack down on those intentionally sharing misinformation about elections and voting.

Demonstrators gathered near the Department of Election office as votes in the 2020 presidential election were counted.
Explainer: Why Election Results May Not Be Known Right Away in Michigan

In Michigan, city and township clerks can only begin processing absentee ballots two days before the election—and they can't count votes until Election Day. That will likely lead to delayed results, officials said.

Voters arrive to cast their ballots in a school gymnasium on November 03, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
What Makes People Vote in Michigan? Here’s What Data and Experts Say.

As the 2022 midterm elections approach, voter turnout is becoming a topic of interest—notably because midterm elections have historically had much lower turnout than presidential elections.

3 Things to Know About Democrat Shadia Martini, 54th House District Candidate (Orion Township, Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Hills)

In August, Shadia Martini became the first Syrian American woman to win a party's nomination to the Michigan Legislature. Martini grew up with banned books and rigged elections, and now she's worried that the US is falling into similar authoritarian traps.