2020 U.S. presidential election
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?”
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.”
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.
The Democratic nominee touted accomplishments on health care while critiquing Trump’s policies on the economy and COVID-19.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you missed Thursday’s Zoom discussion with two Michigan county clerks on the ins and outs of the November election, watch the recording.
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.
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.
Lagging statewide polls and concerns over the future of health care may boost a Democratic upstart in her battle against Meijer scion Peter Meijer.
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.
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.
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.
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.