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Michigan currently has 17 majority-Black districts. But in the 10 proposed maps released by the commission last week, only one district would have a voting age population of more than 50 percent African-American.
Gretchen Whitmer has her veto pen ready as Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature gives final approval to bills that would tighten voting and election laws. But the GOP is ready too: They’re already circulating petitions to go around her.
The petition’s ban on private donations for elections would also bar churches from providing free space for polling places and severely limit — if not outright prohibit — the use of volunteers in elections work.
New emails and testimony shows former President Donald Trump and allies continued to spread false claims about Michigan election results even after Homeland Security and Justice officials debunked a report on Antrim County voting machines.
Critics of the bill — part of a 39-bill election package pushed by Republicans — say it amounts to voter suppression by disproportionately impacting Black and low-income voters who tend to vote for Democrats.