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Detroit’s August election woes have many worried about November

Detroit’s August election woes have many worried about November

August 31, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Vote counts at hundreds of precincts were out of balance in the city’s primary election in August, prompting concerns that a recount could disenfranchise many Detroit voters in the fall presidential election. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is facing pressure to step in.

Will Postal Service botch election in Michigan? It’s unlikely, experts say.

Will Postal Service botch election in Michigan? It’s unlikely, experts say.

August 28, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Despite fears that absentee ballots would be delayed and uncounted, few are complaining about local mail delivery, officials say. In fact, the U.S. Postal Service acquitted itself fairly well in a test set by Bridge to mimic mail-in ballots.

Michigan GOP plans huge door-knocking effort to re-elect Trump amid pandemic

Michigan GOP plans huge door-knocking effort to re-elect Trump amid pandemic

August 27, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

As Democrats turn to virtual rallies and phone calls amid the COVID-19 pandemic, masked-up Republicans resumed door-knocking in June, have hosted “MAGA meetups” across the state and will welcome Vice President Mike Pence to Traverse City on Friday.

Michigan judge upholds Jocelyn Benson’s absentee ballot application mailings

Michigan judge upholds Jocelyn Benson’s absentee ballot application mailings

August 26, 2020 | Riley Beggin

An appeals judge rules that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson was within her rights on a controversial decision to send out 7.7 million absentee ballot applications earlier this year.

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.

With Gretchen Whitmer on national stage, Michigan Dems plot to dump Trump

With Gretchen Whitmer on national stage, Michigan Dems plot to dump Trump

August 18, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Democrats say Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s prominent role in the national convention points to her rising profile within the party and the electoral importance of the state, which Trump narrowly won in 2016.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Opinion | Vote-by-mail is safe — and needed — in Michigan’s fall elections

Opinion | Vote-by-mail is safe — and needed — in Michigan’s fall elections

August 4, 2020 | Donnie Bettes

Don’t believe the scare-mongering about increased mail-in voting, this author and candidate writes.

President Trump worries about voter fraud. Here’s the reality in Michigan.

President Trump worries about voter fraud. Here’s the reality in Michigan.

July 31, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

As Trump questions mail-in voting, records show Michigan has 225,000 more registered voters than voting-age residents. That is no proof of fraud, which experts say is rare, but some clerks say Michigan’s rolls need to be cleaned to increase confidence in elections.

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.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Trump ‘determined to sow the seeds of hatred’

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Trump ‘determined to sow the seeds of hatred’

June 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer blasted President Donald Trump after he reportedly lashed out at governors, telling them to “dominate” protesters or “you’re going to look like a bunch of jerks.”

Trump’s tour of Ford plant ‘contrary’ to Whitmer’s new work rules, aide says

Trump’s tour of Ford plant ‘contrary’ to Whitmer’s new work rules, aide says

May 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

An executive order by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer requires newly reopened manufacturers to "suspend all non-essential in-person visits, including tours" to protect workers from the novel coronavirus. Trump is expected to tour a Ford facility on Thursday.

Michigan's Justin Amash wants to be president. He faces super long odds.

Michigan's Justin Amash wants to be president. He faces super long odds.

April 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Experts say U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, who left the GOP last year after backing calls to impeach President Donald Trump, faces almost insurmountable odds as he looks to upend a two-party system he has lambasted as ineffective and unresponsive.

Join us on Facebook Live to discuss Michigan primary election results

Join us on Facebook Live to discuss Michigan primary election results

March 12, 2020 | Bridge Staff

Our Capitol team will host a Facebook Live discussion about this year's elections on Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m..

Joe Biden’s path to victory in Michigan: Win every county in primary (MAP)

Joe Biden’s path to victory in Michigan: Win every county in primary (MAP)

March 11, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting

The former vice president crushed Bernie Sanders during balloting Tuesday, as turnout surged with no-reason absentee voting. The only potential concern for Biden: He didn’t win as thoroughly in urban areas as Hillary Clinton did in 2016.

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