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Michigan 2020 Election Tracker | Trump takes more jabs at Whitmer in Thursday debate with Biden

Michigan 2020 Election Tracker | Trump takes more jabs at Whitmer in Thursday debate with Biden

October 22, 2020 | Bridge Staff

This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's elections, campaigns, politics and voting news.

Citing potential fraud, court reinstates Michigan ban on paid voter transport

Citing potential fraud, court reinstates Michigan ban on paid voter transport

October 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The court ruling is a blow to Democrats planning to hire buses to the polls, and also bars Uber and other companies from providing free rides on Election Day. Two GOP-appointed judges sided with Michigan Republicans in the case.

Michigan voting 2020: masks, guns, ID, straight ticket, what you should know

Michigan voting 2020: masks, guns, ID, straight ticket, what you should know

October 22, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Do you need to show ID at the polls? Wear a mask? Can I bring a gun? Vote straight ticket? You have questions. We have answers. Bridge dives into some of your concerns ahead of Election Day.

Michigan gun groups sue Benson to open carry at election polling sites

Michigan gun groups sue Benson to open carry at election polling sites

October 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gun rights groups say Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s new ban on openly carried weapons at Election Day polling places unfairly punishes residents who want “to exercise both their 2nd Amendment right to self-protection and their fundamental right to vote.”

Where Michigan candidates for Senate, Congress stand on health care, ACA

Where Michigan candidates for Senate, Congress stand on health care, ACA

October 22, 2020 | Mansur Shaheen

The Affordable Care Act and pre-existing conditions are a defining issue in the Nov. 3 election. From president to Congress, here are the views of candidates on Michigan’s ballot.

Michigan Dems prep for doomsday scenario: What if Trump loses, won’t concede?

Michigan Dems prep for doomsday scenario: What if Trump loses, won’t concede?

October 21, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic attorneys in Michigan are preparing for what would happen if election results are contested into December, and the GOP-controlled Legislature casts Electoral College votes for Trump. Both sides say it’s unlikely, but ...

Mail delivery delays up in southeast Michigan in weeks before election

Mail delivery delays up in southeast Michigan in weeks before election

October 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A new report finds that the U.S. Postal Service’s Detroit District had the worst on-time delivery rate of any region in the nation in the last period available. That’s increased some fears about the delivery of absentee ballots.

Michigan early voting returns heaviest so far in Democratic counties

Michigan early voting returns heaviest so far in Democratic counties

October 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Mike Wilkinson

In a year of record turnout, absentee voting is strongest in counties where Hillary Clinton did well in 2016. It’s unclear if the trend will hold through Nov. 3, but it’s bad news so far for Trump, Republicans.

Have questions about Michigan elections? About the ballot? Ask Bridge.

Have questions about Michigan elections? About the ballot? Ask Bridge.

October 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.

Voter turnout may surge in Detroit, spelling trouble for Trump in Michigan

Voter turnout may surge in Detroit, spelling trouble for Trump in Michigan

October 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Experts say a decrease in votes among Detroit voters helped Donald Trump win Michigan in 2016. Four years later, some Detroiters who sat out 2016 say they’re eager to vote this time around.

Before you vote: These are facts, issues shaping Michigan in 2020 election

Before you vote: These are facts, issues shaping Michigan in 2020 election

October 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.

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.

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