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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.

Proposal 1 ballot measure would change rules on Michigan parks fund

Proposal 1 ballot measure would change rules on Michigan parks fund

Oct 15, 2020 | Kelly House

Supporters say the proposed changes will help Michigan’s public land managers update and expand recreational amenities on public lands. But opponents argue the changes improperly divert money away from land preservation to plug holes in state and local budgets.

Michigan’s ‘constitutional sheriffs’ vow to keep voters safe at polls

Michigan’s ‘constitutional sheriffs’ vow to keep voters safe at polls

Oct 14, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

The ‘constitutional sheriffs’ movement is suspicious of government overreach and believes sheriffs are the final legal authority in their counties. But Michigan members of the group say they will keep voters safe if antigovernment groups try to intimidate them on Election Day.

Michigan has no law against guns at polls, but Dana Nessel may clarify rules

Michigan has no law against guns at polls, but Dana Nessel may clarify rules

Oct 13, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Anyone can openly carry a gun, but guns are banned at some locations that are regularly used as polling places, such as churches and schools. The rules have caused confusion over the years.

Michigan LGBT rights group files signatures for ‘historic’ ballot proposal

Michigan LGBT rights group files signatures for ‘historic’ ballot proposal

Oct 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Fair and Equal Michigan submits signatures for the 2022 election. The group had hoped to put its proposal to voters this year, but struggled to collect signatures during the pandemic.

Opinion | How to guarantee your Michigan absentee ballot arrives on time

Opinion | How to guarantee your Michigan absentee ballot arrives on time

Oct 13, 2020 | Roger Rapoport

More than a half-million ballots were rejected in the U.S. primary elections this year. Don’t let this happen to you on Nov. 4.

Crush of poll watchers expected at Michigan election raises intimidation fears

Crush of poll watchers expected at Michigan election raises intimidation fears

Oct 13, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Thousands of poll watchers and challengers are expected at the Nov. 3 election, and some fear trouble. Here’s what’s legal and what isn’t, and what to expect.

As evictions loom, Michigan areas to vote on affordable housing millages

As evictions loom, Michigan areas to vote on affordable housing millages

Oct 12, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

By one estimate, more than 300,000 Michigan households may be vulnerable to eviction due to economic hardship amid the coronavirus pandemic. In places like Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo County, high rental rates and a dearth of affordable housing fuel millage proposals intended to ease the strain.

Prep for the election by watching Bridge’s October Lunch Break discussion

Prep for the election by watching Bridge’s October Lunch Break discussion

Oct 9, 2020 | Amber DeLind, Kathryn Dugal

If you missed Thursday’s Zoom discussion with two Michigan county clerks on the ins and outs of the November election, watch the recording.

Fact Squad | Trump gets a lot wrong in Twitter beef with Michigan Gov. Whitmer

Fact Squad | Trump gets a lot wrong in Twitter beef with Michigan Gov. Whitmer

Oct 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan never closed churches and schools are open, contrary to President Trump’s tweet to Whitmer on Wednesday. But Trump didn’t get everything wrong: Auto manufacturers are expanding.

Signature errors ruin thousands of Michigan ballots. Don’t be that voter.

Signature errors ruin thousands of Michigan ballots. Don’t be that voter.

Oct 6, 2020 | Bob Campbell

A sloppy signature, forging the names of family members, or failing to sign a ballot envelope: There are many ways to ensure your November vote won’t count. Here’s what clerks are searching for, and why you might want to leave your phone number, too.

In west Michigan, is Trump endangering a Republican congressional seat?

In west Michigan, is Trump endangering a Republican congressional seat?

Oct 6, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Lagging statewide polls and concerns over the future of health care may boost a Democratic upstart in her battle against Meijer scion Peter Meijer.

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