Riley Beggin

Riley Beggin was a Capitol reporter covering Michigan politics, including legislative, gubernatorial and other statewide elections. She joined Bridge after working at KPCC, Los Angeles’ NPR member station. Before that, she was a fellow at ABC News’ Washington Bureau and an intern with NPR’s investigative unit. Riley majored in history and international relations at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She also holds a master’s degree in investigative journalism from the University of Missouri.

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Trump’s options narrow in Michigan. Lawsuit, recount seen as long shots.

Trump’s options narrow in Michigan. Lawsuit, recount seen as long shots.

November 5, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Trump has a few changes to make his case that Michigan’s election was fraudulent over the next few weeks. But the odds of challenging or erasing 100,000-plus votes are slim.

Sen. Gary Peters edges ahead of GOP challenger John James in Michigan

Sen. Gary Peters edges ahead of GOP challenger John James in Michigan

November 4, 2020 | Riley Beggin

James, who would have become the state’s first Black U.S. senator, put up a formidable challenge to the incumbent. But Peters eked out a narrow win Wednesday amid a high Democrat turnout in Detroit.

As Joe Biden leads Michigan, President Trump seeks to derail count

As Joe Biden leads Michigan, President Trump seeks to derail count

November 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin, Madeline Halpert

Michigan once again could decide the presidency, and Democratic Vice President Joe Biden is ahead in the votes. But Trump and his supporters filed suit, caused disruptions in Detroit and challenged the process.

Why Michigan is waiting: State law bars early counting of absentee votes

Why Michigan is waiting: State law bars early counting of absentee votes

November 4, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Michigan officials have warned for weeks that it could take several days to fully count absentee ballots. Other states allow earlier processing, but Michigan Republicans have blocked efforts for earlier counts, citing fraud fears.

Michigan may decide presidency; early results give hope to Trump, Biden

Michigan may decide presidency; early results give hope to Trump, Biden

November 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin, Mike Wilkinson, Madeline Halpert

Republican President Trump is growing his margins in rural Michigan while Democratic challenger Joe Biden is running up the score in areas like Oakland County as clerks across the state continue to count ballots. 

Huge turnout, few problems for Michigan voters, despite violence fears

Huge turnout, few problems for Michigan voters, despite violence fears

November 3, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Madeline Halpert, Mike Wilkinson, Mansur Shaheen

Michigan approaches a record turnout, from heavily Democratic Detroit to small townships that went big for President Donald Trump. Statewide, clerks reported few incidents.

Michigan voting 2020: What to know to cast ballots in-person on Election Day

Michigan voting 2020: What to know to cast ballots in-person on Election Day

November 3, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Election Day is finally here. Here’s how to cast your vote in-person, what to do if you lost your absentee ballot and more.

Four worries about Michigan election security. And two reasons to rest easy.

Four worries about Michigan election security. And two reasons to rest easy.

November 2, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Madeline Halpert

An unprecedented number in ballots over the mail, new workers and other problems could snag Michigan’s elections Tuesday. But the state is better equipped than others to prevent a meltdown, experts say.

Obama, Biden take turns lampooning Trump in Michigan as campaign winds down

Obama, Biden take turns lampooning Trump in Michigan as campaign winds down

October 31, 2020 | Riley Beggin

In a final sweep ahead of Election Day, former President Barack Obama joined Joe Biden in Flint and Detroit, continuing his criticism of Trump. “Did no one come to his birthday party when he was a kid?” Obama asks.

Michigan elections vulnerable to hacks but not as much as others, report says

Michigan elections vulnerable to hacks but not as much as others, report says

October 30, 2020 | Madeline Halpert, Riley Beggin

A new report warns that power outages, hacking and foreign interference could create chaos on Election Day. But Michigan’s decentralized system of elections and use of paper ballots puts it in better shape than some other states.

Michigan voting 2020: What to know about intimidation, write-ins and more

Michigan voting 2020: What to know about intimidation, write-ins and more

October 30, 2020 | Riley Beggin

What’s the difference between poll watchers and challengers? Why can’t you take a ballot selfie? How can those experiencing homelessness can cast ballots on Tuesday? Bridge Michigan answers these questions and more.

Appeals court sides with gun advocates in ban on firearms at Michigan polls

Appeals court sides with gun advocates in ban on firearms at Michigan polls

October 29, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

State officials plan to “immediately appeal” the decision to the state Supreme Court ahead of Election Day.

Five things you missed not standing in the rain with Donald Trump

Five things you missed not standing in the rain with Donald Trump

October 27, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The president’s stop in Lansing Tuesday touched on the auto industry, COVID-19, refugee policy and more. He recounted his hard-to-pin-down Man of the Year honors and expressed his love for women.

Demystifying Michigan elections: What happens to ballots after you vote?

Demystifying Michigan elections: What happens to ballots after you vote?

October 27, 2020 | Riley Beggin

In a season of intense scrutiny over the security of voting, Bridge Michigan is presenting a step-by-step process for counting in-person and absentee ballots.

Michigan voting 2020: masks, guns, ID, straight ticket, what you should know

Michigan voting 2020: masks, guns, ID, straight ticket, what you should know

October 22, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Do you need to show ID at the polls? Wear a mask? Can I bring a gun? Vote straight ticket? You have questions. We have answers. Bridge dives into some of your concerns ahead of Election Day.

Mail delivery delays up in southeast Michigan in weeks before election

Mail delivery delays up in southeast Michigan in weeks before election

October 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A new report finds that the U.S. Postal Service’s Detroit District had the worst on-time delivery rate of any region in the nation in the last period available. That’s increased some fears about the delivery of absentee ballots.

Michigan early voting returns heaviest so far in Democratic counties

Michigan early voting returns heaviest so far in Democratic counties

October 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Mike Wilkinson

In a year of record turnout, absentee voting is strongest in counties where Hillary Clinton did well in 2016. It’s unclear if the trend will hold through Nov. 3, but it’s bad news so far for Trump, Republicans.

Benson defends Michigan ban on guns at polls, says state police will enforce

Benson defends Michigan ban on guns at polls, says state police will enforce

October 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A lawsuit is expected this week from gun rights groups, but Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson the law is on her side. “This is an effort to protect our voters from intimidation,” she said.

Michigan mail-in ballots must reach clerks by Nov. 3, appeals court rules

Michigan mail-in ballots must reach clerks by Nov. 3, appeals court rules

October 16, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The three-judge panel, all Republican appointed, overturned a lower court decision that had allowed ballots to be counted if they were postmarked by Election Day even if they did not arrive at a clerk’s office until as much as two weeks later.

Biden touts ACA, makes murky claims on economy in metro Detroit stop

Biden touts ACA, makes murky claims on economy in metro Detroit stop

October 16, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

The Democratic nominee touted accomplishments on health care while critiquing Trump’s policies on the economy and COVID-19.

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