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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?”

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

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

October 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.”

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

October 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.

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.

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.

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

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

October 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.

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

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

October 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

October 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.

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

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

October 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.

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

October 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.

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.

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

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

October 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

October 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.

Have questions about the election? Bring them to our next Lunch Break.

Have questions about the election? Bring them to our next Lunch Break.

October 7, 2020 | Amber DeLind, Kathryn Dugal

Bridge Capitol reporters Riley Beggin and Jonathan Oosting moderate an online Lunch Break discussion with county and municipal clerks about the ins and outs of the November 3 election. Bridge readers are invited to bring your election-related questions and join the conversation.

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

October 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.

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

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

October 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.

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

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

October 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.

Absentee ballot drop boxes boom in Michigan, despite controversy elsewhere

Absentee ballot drop boxes boom in Michigan, despite controversy elsewhere

October 5, 2020 | Bob Campbell

As Texas and Ohio limit absentee drop-off boxes, they are multiplying in Michigan as clerks brace for a record number of mail-in votes for the Nov. 3 election. Clerks say they are safe and effective, despite protests from President Trump and some Republicans.

Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis a 'wake-up call,' Michigan Gov. Whitmer says

Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis a 'wake-up call,' Michigan Gov. Whitmer says

October 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The president is in quarantine but had planned rallies in Wisconsin on Saturday. Whitmer said the diagnosis is a reminder that the dangers of the pandemic persist.

 Trump needs suburbs to win Michigan. But many women reject his racial pitch.

Trump needs suburbs to win Michigan. But many women reject his racial pitch.

October 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Suburban women have fled from the GOP, and President Trump hopes to win them back with ads stoking fears of rioting and public housing. It’s a message that may have worked in the 1970s, but it’s a tougher sell in increasingly diverse communities, voters and pollsters say.

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