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Michigan 2020 Election Tracker | Jeff Daniels makes Biden ad; Trump to return to Michigan Friday

Michigan 2020 Election Tracker | Jeff Daniels makes Biden ad; Trump to return to Michigan Friday

Oct 29, 2020 | Bridge Staff

This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's elections, campaigns, politics and voting news.

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

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

Oct 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.

Joe Biden is favored to win Michigan but can he build a Democratic wave?

Joe Biden is favored to win Michigan but can he build a Democratic wave?

Oct 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Joe Biden has a significant lead in Michigan polls. But so did Hillary Clinton in 2016. Democrats warn the race may be closer than it appears, but also hope Biden can help candidates down the ballot.

How Donald Trump can come from behind and win Michigan

How Donald Trump can come from behind and win Michigan

Oct 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

President Donald Trump is down in the polls in the runup to Michigan’s must-win presidential election, but he’s been here before. Four years after his win here, Trump is barnstorming the state in an attempt to re-create the magic. Don’t count him out, experts say.

Fact Squad | Junge ad hits Slotkin on immigrants, taxes, omits a few details

Fact Squad | Junge ad hits Slotkin on immigrants, taxes, omits a few details

Oct 26, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

A new ad from the Paul Junge campaign attacks U.S. Rep.  Elissa Slotkin’s record on stimulus and payroll tax. It’s built on two indisputable facts but could give viewers the false impression the Holly Democrat did little to help the state during the COVID-19 crisis.

Where Michigan candidates for Senate, Congress stand on health care, ACA

Where Michigan candidates for Senate, Congress stand on health care, ACA

Oct 22, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

The Affordable Care Act and pre-existing conditions are a defining issue in the Nov. 3 election. From president to Congress, here are the views of candidates on Michigan’s ballot.

Michigan gun groups sue Benson to open carry at election polling sites

Michigan gun groups sue Benson to open carry at election polling sites

Oct 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gun rights groups say Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s new ban on openly carried weapons at Election Day polling places unfairly punishes residents who want “to exercise both their 2nd Amendment right to self-protection and their fundamental right to vote.”

Mail delivery delays up in southeast Michigan in weeks before election

Mail delivery delays up in southeast Michigan in weeks before election

Oct 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

Oct 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.

Fact Squad | GOP ad smears Scholten legal work, claiming she helped ‘evade law’

Fact Squad | GOP ad smears Scholten legal work, claiming she helped ‘evade law’

Oct 20, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

A new TV ad claims Hillary Scholten’s work as an immigrations attorney made west Michigan unsafe. The ad twists some facts to reach reckless conclusions.

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

Oct 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.

Coronavirus sidelines veteran poll workers, adding to Michigan election stress

Coronavirus sidelines veteran poll workers, adding to Michigan election stress

Oct 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?”

Before you vote: These are facts, issues shaping Michigan in 2020 election

Before you vote: These are facts, issues shaping Michigan in 2020 election

Oct 19, 2020 | Joel Kurth

With the Nov. 3 election weeks away, take time to familiarize yourself with the Bridge Michigan’s 2020 Fact & Issue Guide to help inform your vote and separate rhetoric from facts.

Have questions about Michigan elections? About the ballot? Ask Bridge.

Have questions about Michigan elections? About the ballot? Ask Bridge.

Oct 19, 2020 | Monica Williams

People have lots of questions on returning ballots, voting in person and disinformation on the internet. Bridge Michigan is here to address your concerns and tackle your inquiries on the 2020 elections. You can also help inform our election coverage.

'Lock her up' chants erupt as Trump attacks Whitmer at Michigan rally

'Lock her up' chants erupt as Trump attacks Whitmer at Michigan rally

Oct 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Less than two weeks after authorities exposed a militia plot to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer, President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on Michigan’s governor in a Muskegon campaign rally that inspired his supporters to chant “lock her up.”

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

Oct 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

Oct 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.

Opinion | Why Michigan land conservation leaders support Proposal 1

Opinion | Why Michigan land conservation leaders support Proposal 1

Oct 16, 2020 | Michigan land conservancies

There are many whose access to trails, parks and natural areas is limited. We can change that in November with Proposal 1.

Jocelyn Benson bans open carry of guns at Michigan polls on Election Day

Jocelyn Benson bans open carry of guns at Michigan polls on Election Day

Oct 16, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting, Ted Roelofs

The guidance clarifies rules for the November general election, barring openly carrying guns and allowing concealed carry, except in certain locations. Gun rights advocates call the ban a partisan Democratic effort to discourage conservative voters and vow to sue.

Fact Squad | Ad ties John James’ environment record to Koch Brothers donations

Fact Squad | Ad ties John James’ environment record to Koch Brothers donations

Oct 15, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

A new ad is mostly accurate, pointing out that John James has taken $650K from the oil and gas industry and groups tied to the conservatives whose company polluted southwest Detroit with pet coke. But the ad doesn’t tell the whole story.

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