Stories tagged: "voting access"


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Conservative Organizers Haven’t Collected Enough Signatures for Petitions. That Won’t Stop Them, Yet.

A group of conservative organizers is still hoping to bypass voters on key issues after a missed deadline. They’re not giving up.

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The List of Voters in Michigan Is ‘More Accurate Than Ever,’ State Officials Say

Election officials say they’re well poised to handle the influx of coming ballots for the May 3 elections, especially with an up-to-date count of Michigan’s 8 million registered voters.

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New Proposed Voting Legislation Would Allow Early In-Person Voting, Ban Guns From Polls

Michigan House Democrats have introduced a package of nine bills that would make voting easier and safer for Michiganders.

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Pre-Paid Postage and 9 Days of Early Voting? Michigan Will Soon Decide New Voting Norms

A new voting amendment would protect absentee ballots and expand voting access, combatting an existing Republican-led plan that would ban voting at churches—among other restrictions. 

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Some Michigan Towns Rely on Churches to Vote. What Happens If That’s Banned?

More than 20% of Michigan’s polling places are houses of worship. But that could be banned under a GOP voting plan. “None of this was ever about securing the vote.”

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.