New records show 11,417 Michiganders voted without ID in November. Contrary to popular belief, they weren’t all in Democratic counties — and in almost all communities, no-ID ballots represented less than 1 percent of votes.
Local officials in hundreds of Michigan communities installed more than 1,100 absentee ballot drop boxes last year, state data shows. Election officials say new regulations proposed by Senate Republicans threaten to limit the popular option in future elections.
A University of Michigan expert notes that corporate leaders are increasingly being drawn into state policy debates over race, voting rights and other social issues, and they “have the heft to be heard.”
Democrat Joe Biden carried Michigan by extending his support into the suburbs to withstand a surge for Republican Donald Trump in rural parts of the state. But precinct-level data shows many exceptions, with one sliver of Detroit going for Trump and more of west Michigan favoring Biden.
Republicans in the Michigan House want to award most of the state’s presidential electors by congressional district, an overhaul that would increase clout of rural areas and decrease it in metro Detroit.
New ID requirements. Ballot box regulations. Bans on paid postage for absentee ballots. Rules for challengers. All told, the plans from Republicans would disproportionately impact Democratic counties and cities.
Dominion Voting Systems is threatening to sue former state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, who has been touring the state with a PowerPoint presentation that echoes false claims about the 2020 election. “Make no mistake—Dominion will hold you accountable for these lies,” the attorneys wrote.
Legislation from Senate Republicans would reduce the possibility of fraud, safeguard the right for people to vote and preserve the integrity of our democracy, argues the former Republican secretary of state.
Mandatory IDs, limits on absentee ballot drop boxes and a ban on prepaid postage are among the limits Michigan Republicans are proposing in what they can an effort to deter fraud. Others call it voter suppression.
Conservatives say they’re trying to curb fraud with effort to make absentee voting harder. Others say it would be “the biggest infringement on voter rights to ever be put into public policy in this state.”