Stories tagged: "voting access"


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.

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Michigan Lost an Electoral Vote. It Could Lose More than That if GOP Plans Pass.

If Republicans want to make every vote truly equal, it's time for them to support the end of the Electoral College.

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 02: Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks during a press conference at Callidac Place on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 in Detroit, MI. With only a day remaining before the U.S. election and an unprecedented early voting turnout, President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee former Vice-President Joe Biden are campaigning in crucial swing states. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Michigan SOS Jocelyn Benson Is Still Fighting 2020 Election Conspiracies

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says the Michigan GOP is deceiving the public by claiming their bills improve election integrity.

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks in Detroit. More than 5.5 million people voted in Michigan's presidential election — the most ever and the highest percentage of voting-age residents to cast a ballot in 60 years. Benson said Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, it was "particularly inspiring and encouraging" that more than 28,000 people took advantage of a new option and registered and voted on Election Day. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
Benson Fights Back Against Voter Suppression

As Republicans continue to focus on proposals to limit voter access, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is focused on making the polling place a little easier.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is ensuring that all eligible Michigan residents are able to cast their ballots safely and securely.
How Disabled Michiganders Can Vote Safely This Election

Michiganders who are under guardianship, are differently abled, or have special needs have voting rights and choices.

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WATCH: Why Some Michigan Cities Were Unprepared for In-Person Voters

Michigan’s Aug. 4 primary mistakes could be November’s greatest tests.