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Trump fraud claims make Michigan clerks fact-checkers as lies spread online

Trump fraud claims make Michigan clerks fact-checkers as lies spread online

December 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

In North Muskegon, city officials just wanted to talk about trees. Instead, they were forced to debunk false claims about voter fraud. So it goes in cities statewide as the misinformation wars reverberate after the election.

Tempers rise, facts fade as Rudy Giuliani claims Michigan vote a ‘con job’

Tempers rise, facts fade as Rudy Giuliani claims Michigan vote a ‘con job’

December 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Rudy Giuliani came to Michigan on Wednesday to ask lawmakers to put aside the popular vote and give the election to President Trump. He got a lot wrong in his 4 1/2 hour presentation.

Michigan electors committed to Biden, despite Trump bid to overturn election

Michigan electors committed to Biden, despite Trump bid to overturn election

December 2, 2020 | Madeline Halpert, Mansur Shaheen

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has officially appointed a slate of Democratic electors to the Electoral College. Who are they and what do they do?

Michigan 2020 Election Tracker | Elections officials rejected 15,000 absentee ballots

Michigan 2020 Election Tracker | Elections officials rejected 15,000 absentee ballots

December 2, 2020 | Bridge Staff

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

Trump campaign lobbies Michigan lawmakers to ignore vote, give him electors

Trump campaign lobbies Michigan lawmakers to ignore vote, give him electors

December 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Republicans are receiving phone calls and emails, purportedly from President Donald Trump’s campaign, urging them to appoint their own electors. Trump’s campaign isn’t commenting, and GOP leaders say they don’t have that authority.

Michigan lawmakers hear lots of theories, no proof, in election fraud probe

Michigan lawmakers hear lots of theories, no proof, in election fraud probe

December 1, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

For a full day, GOP activists repeat election claims that courts have already rejected. Republican lawmakers who hosted the hearing say they have a duty to investigate. Democrats say the hearing wasted time with ‘unsubstantiated cries of fraud.’

Weeks after vote, 13 fake fraud claims persist in Michigan. Here’s the truth.

Weeks after vote, 13 fake fraud claims persist in Michigan. Here’s the truth.

December 1, 2020 | Madeline Halpert, Jonathan Oosting, Mansur Shaheen

President Trump and his supporters continue to spread falsehoods. What you need to know about voting equipment, software glitches, ballot dumps and whether there are more voters than residents in Detroit (not by a long-shot)

Jobless benefits, COVID stimulus likely focus of Michigan lame-duck session

Jobless benefits, COVID stimulus likely focus of Michigan lame-duck session

November 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican lawmakers are preparing separate stimulus proposals, while some extension of unemployment benefits is possible during a lame-duck session that probably will be less dramatic than previous years.

Trump’s hopes sputter to end in Michigan. ‘It’s over, and they know it.’

Trump’s hopes sputter to end in Michigan. ‘It’s over, and they know it.’

November 25, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

After three weeks of false claims and wild tweets, President Donald Trump’s longshot bid to overturn his election loss is over. The deadline has passed to seek a recount, and the GOP politely declined a visit from campaign attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Michigan’s results official but harm done to Black voters may linger

Michigan’s results official but harm done to Black voters may linger

November 24, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

President Trump’s effort to target votes and raise false fraud accusations in Black communities could cause lasting damage, experts say.

With Michigan’s presidential vote certified, is Trump out of options?

With Michigan’s presidential vote certified, is Trump out of options?

November 23, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

President Trump can still request a recount in Michigan, but Monday’s certification vote by the Board of State Canvassers closes off yet another avenue for Trump to contest President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and begins the formal process for next month’s Electoral College vote.

Canvassers certify election. Joe Biden wins Michigan, its 16 electoral votes

Canvassers certify election. Joe Biden wins Michigan, its 16 electoral votes

November 23, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

After a week of drama, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers affirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s 154K win in a 3-0 vote,  dealing what could be a lethal blow to President Trump’s long-shot bid to persuade lawmakers to defy the popular vote.

What to expect from Michigan Board of Canvassers; how to watch meeting

What to expect from Michigan Board of Canvassers; how to watch meeting

November 23, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

 All eyes will be on an obscure four-member, bipartisan board with certifying Michigan’s election. Here’s what to expect when the board meets at 1 p.m. Monday. You can watch it here.

Fact Squad | Audit wouldn’t change outcome of Biden win in Michigan

Fact Squad | Audit wouldn’t change outcome of Biden win in Michigan

November 22, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan Republicans want to investigate “imbalanced” precincts in Wayne County. But those precincts likely involve fewer than 500 votes in a state Donald Trump lost by 154,000. Waiting for an audit can only serve to delay, not alter the outcome.

Lee Chatfield: Michigan could face ‘constitutional crisis’ over election

Lee Chatfield: Michigan could face ‘constitutional crisis’ over election

November 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

After meeting with President Trump, the Republican House leader for the first time raises the possibility that a breakdown of Michigan’s elections process may create a ‘constitutional crisis’ that lawmakers must resolve.

Michigan GOP leaders meet Trump, promise ‘we will follow law’ on election

Michigan GOP leaders meet Trump, promise ‘we will follow law’ on election

November 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Under a torrent of criticism, a contingent of GOP lawmakers meets with President Trump in Washington days before Michigan is to certify the presidential election. The lawmakers say they talked about COVID.

Three ex-governors agree: Michigan should certify election for Joe Biden

Three ex-governors agree: Michigan should certify election for Joe Biden

November 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Ron French

Rick Snyder, Jennifer Granholm and John Engler call on state canvassers to put aside politics, unfounded fraud claims and pressure from President Trump and certify Biden’s 150,000 vote victory.

GOP wants audit before certifying Michigan election. Law won’t allow it.

GOP wants audit before certifying Michigan election. Law won’t allow it.

November 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The battle for Michigan turns Monday to the state Board of Canvassers, where a key Republican is threatening to refuse to certify the election until after an audit. But experts say that’s not allowed — and could take so long it would delay the awarding of Michigan electors for president.

President Trump lobbying GOP to overturn vote, deliver Michigan to him

President Trump lobbying GOP to overturn vote, deliver Michigan to him

November 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

The president and supporters are pushing Republicans to overlook the popular vote and give him Michigan’s 16 electoral votes. Doing so would disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of citizens.

Monica Palmer, Michigan canvassers got election posts after little vetting

Monica Palmer, Michigan canvassers got election posts after little vetting

November 19, 2020 | Madeline Halpert, Mansur Shaheen

Canvassing boards are thrust into the national spotlight after two Wayne County Republicans try to change their certification. County officials say they now need to do a better job investigating applicants before they are appointed to posts.

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