2020 Michigan election

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Fact Squad: Truth blurred in John James ad claiming Peters is ‘invisible’

Fact Squad: Truth blurred in John James ad claiming Peters is ‘invisible’

August 24, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The latest TV attack ad from Republican challenger John James blends a few facts (some of which are quite old) to reach a questionable conclusion that Sen. Gary Peters has done little but double his wealth while in Washington, D.C.

As Election Day approaches, Trump and Michigan GOP now push absentee voting

As Election Day approaches, Trump and Michigan GOP now push absentee voting

August 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Both Democrat Joe Biden and Republican President Donald Trump are leaning into mail-in voting as the coronavirus pandemic promises to complicate the November election. Trump has long raised doubts about the practice.

Fact Squad: Misleading GOP ad smears Gary Peters’ record on coronavirus

Fact Squad: Misleading GOP ad smears Gary Peters’ record on coronavirus

August 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A new TV attack ad from a Republican group accuses Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of blocking emergency aid for small businesses in the United States and praising China’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. But the commercial misleads on several fronts.

Michigan may sue feds over postal service delays, absentee ballot concerns

Michigan may sue feds over postal service delays, absentee ballot concerns

August 17, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The Michigan Attorney General’s office says it’s exploring a multi-state lawsuit to ensure absentee ballots are counted following concerns about cost-cutting and delays. The Detroit postal district had the second-worst delays in the country from April 1 to June 30.

Fact Squad: Peters ad accurately touts work for farmers, omits lack of success

Fact Squad: Peters ad accurately touts work for farmers, omits lack of success

August 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A new campaign ad from Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Peters highlights his work alongside Michigan cherry farmers fighting a flood of cheap Turkish imports. The ad is factual but glosses over that the fight hasn’t been successful.

Fact Squad: John James skips details in ad claiming Peters ‘downplayed’ COVID

Fact Squad: John James skips details in ad claiming Peters ‘downplayed’ COVID

August 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

An attack ad from Republican challenger John James uses a 2-second clip and old attendance records to argue Sen. Gary Peters should have done a better job safeguarding against the coronavirus. In making the case, the ad omits some key facts.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer isn’t Biden’s VP pick but will speak at convention

Michigan Gov. Whitmer isn’t Biden’s VP pick but will speak at convention

August 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Joe Biden on Tuesday named Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate to help take on Republican President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, ending speculation he could pick Whitmer or other candidates who had been vetted for the role.

If Biden taps Gretchen Whitmer as VP, what happens to Michigan government?

If Biden taps Gretchen Whitmer as VP, what happens to Michigan government?

August 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

 Vice presidential nominees almost never resign unless or until they win election, so Gretchen Whitmer likely would remain Michigan governor even if she is tapped by Joe Biden as his running mate. But would she curtail her duties to campaign amid a deadly pandemic?

Map: Trump counties less likely to vote absentee in Michigan primary

Map: Trump counties less likely to vote absentee in Michigan primary

August 7, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Mike Wilkinson

Heavily Republican counties were less likely to embrace mail-in voting than their Democratic counterparts. Counties with more coronavirus cases also were more likely to cast absentee ballots.

Michigan primary results: Rashida Tlaib cruises, Peter Meijer wins big

Michigan primary results: Rashida Tlaib cruises, Peter Meijer wins big

August 5, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

An absentee ballot surge that broke records during the coronavirus pandemic delayed some counting, but Michigan’s congressional delegation was taking shape by Wednesday afternoon.

Absentee ballots favor Democrats in Michigan, causing worry among GOP

Absentee ballots favor Democrats in Michigan, causing worry among GOP

August 5, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting

In an election with record numbers of absentee votes, Democrats were far likelier to remotely cast ballots than Republicans, who say they need to change or face trouble come November.

GOP’s advantage wanes in last year of Michigan ‘historical’ gerrymander

GOP’s advantage wanes in last year of Michigan ‘historical’ gerrymander

August 5, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s political districts are some of the nation’s most notorious gerrymanders. But the maps drawn to give the GOP an advantage are facing their final election, complicating the party’s effort to reclaim a majority in Congress and maintain its edge in the state Legislature.

Michigan passes absentee ballot voting test. November could be another story.

Michigan passes absentee ballot voting test. November could be another story.

August 5, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Despite fears of multiple-day waits and long lines, Michigan’s primary Tuesday experienced few major issues. Even more absentee voting is expected this fall and clerks say there’s no guarantee of smooth sailing without new laws.

Masks, sanitizer and absentee ballots: What to know about Michigan’s primary

Masks, sanitizer and absentee ballots: What to know about Michigan’s primary

August 3, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Absentee voters are likely to make a big difference in an election marked by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Masks aren’t required but are encouraged, and there will be plenty of hand sanitizer at polling places. Here’s what else to expect.

Postal delays could cause trouble for Michigan’s primary election

Postal delays could cause trouble for Michigan’s primary election

July 29, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Michigan clerks report complaints about long waits for absentee ballots, as voters rush to vote by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic. Pro tip: Drop your ballot off now rather than mailing it if you want it to count for Tuesday.

Michigan Aug. 4 primary election: What you need to know to vote

Michigan Aug. 4 primary election: What you need to know to vote

July 26, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Anyone can vote absentee for any reason and you can register to vote up to and on Election Day.

Michigan Right to Life scraps abortion ban ballot drive

Michigan Right to Life scraps abortion ban ballot drive

July 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The anti-abortion group acknowledges defeat in a failed ballot drive, after facing the highest signature-gathering hurdle in decades.

Opinion | Now is not the time for sweeping changes in how Michigan votes

Opinion | Now is not the time for sweeping changes in how Michigan votes

July 20, 2020 | Ann Bollin

The 2020 presidential election is not the time to radically change how Michigan votes, says a Republican legislator.

 Whitmer tightens Michigan’s mask order but makes it optional when voting

Whitmer tightens Michigan’s mask order but makes it optional when voting

July 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tightened her COVID-19 mask mandate on Friday in an attempt to coax compliance by reluctant businesses, saying they cannot “assume” someone without a mask is exempt because of a medical condition. 

Michigan GOP lawmakers claim Jocelyn Benson’s absentee ballot mailings illegal

Michigan GOP lawmakers claim Jocelyn Benson’s absentee ballot mailings illegal

June 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Former Secretary of State Ruth Johnson brings local clerks to Lansing who claim her successor is ‘throwing spaghetti at the wall’ with experiments during an election year. Democrats denounce the hearing as political theater and nonsense.

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