Madeline Halpert

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Coronavirus sidelines veteran poll workers, adding to Michigan election stress

Coronavirus sidelines veteran poll workers, adding to Michigan election stress

October 19, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

Many elections workers, who tend to be retirees, are sitting out Nov. 3, so clerks are turning to younger recruits for an Election Day that could be like few others. Among the newbies’ questions: What to do if people “walk in with AR-15s?”

Militias, Trump, civil war fears prompt gun sales spike for Black Michiganders

Militias, Trump, civil war fears prompt gun sales spike for Black Michiganders

October 12, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

Gun sales are skyrocketing this year, and African Americans are leading the way. Fears of civil unrest after the election play no small part in the cause. ‘Every African American should be on alert,’ one resident says.

After a summer of protest, will Michigan’s young voters show up in November?

After a summer of protest, will Michigan’s young voters show up in November?

September 28, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

Young voters could be a formidable bloc in the November election, and activists from both major political parties say they’re more motivated than ever. But despite efforts to make it easier to vote than ever, some question if they will.