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Michigan officials warn of ‘despicable’ robocalls in Flint to confuse voters

Michigan officials warn of ‘despicable’ robocalls in Flint to confuse voters

November 3, 2020 | Madeline Halpert, Kelly House

Officials sound alarms about calls reminding people to vote on Wednesday, a day after polls close. Turnout in the city is up, though, with few other problems reported.

Down but not out, Trump caps campaign with massive Grand Rapids rally

Down but not out, Trump caps campaign with massive Grand Rapids rally

November 3, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

President Donald Trump airs grievances and waxes nostalgic during a huge campaign stop in Michigan. “You’re so lucky I’ve agreed to be your president,” he tells supporters.

Michigan voting 2020: What to know to cast ballots in-person on Election Day

Michigan voting 2020: What to know to cast ballots in-person on Election Day

November 3, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Election Day is finally here. Here’s how to cast your vote in-person, what to do if you lost your absentee ballot and more.

Michigan election week may be confusing. These tools can help decipher results

Michigan election week may be confusing. These tools can help decipher results

November 2, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

It may take until Friday to know who won the presidential election in Michigan. Bridge has tools showing results of past elections in 1,500 communities and 83 counties to give a sense of whether partial results will stand once absentee votes are counted.

Democrats, GOP prep for legal battles over Michigan election

Democrats, GOP prep for legal battles over Michigan election

November 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Republicans prepare to challenge any voting irregularities, while Democrats are ready to fight any litigation that seeks to stop valid votes from being counted in Michigan, where President Donald Trump won by 10,704 votes in 2016.

In Michigan, some communities are banding together to count election results

In Michigan, some communities are banding together to count election results

November 2, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

A new law allows municipalities to join forces. Along with a new communication system used by a handful of cities, the innovation is one that could make for fewer headaches on Election Day.

Four worries about Michigan election security. And two reasons to rest easy.

Four worries about Michigan election security. And two reasons to rest easy.

November 2, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Madeline Halpert

An unprecedented number in ballots over the mail, new workers and other problems could snag Michigan’s elections Tuesday. But the state is better equipped than others to prevent a meltdown, experts say.

Michigan vote tally may take days, Benson warns. Others expect faster results.

Michigan vote tally may take days, Benson warns. Others expect faster results.

November 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says it could take until Friday to finalize state election results because of high turnout. Local clerks say they hope to have tallies by Wednesday morning.

Your Michigan Election Day 2020 voting toolkit: know the candidates, issues

Your Michigan Election Day 2020 voting toolkit: know the candidates, issues

November 1, 2020 | Kelly House

Presidential politics may dominate the news, but Michigan’s ballot will include a host of races you might not know much about. Here is your last-minute research guide for those down-ballot races.

Obama, Biden take turns lampooning Trump in Michigan as campaign winds down

Obama, Biden take turns lampooning Trump in Michigan as campaign winds down

October 31, 2020 | Riley Beggin

In a final sweep ahead of Election Day, former President Barack Obama joined Joe Biden in Flint and Detroit, continuing his criticism of Trump. “Did no one come to his birthday party when he was a kid?” Obama asks.

Michigan elections vulnerable to hacks but not as much as others, report says

Michigan elections vulnerable to hacks but not as much as others, report says

October 30, 2020 | Madeline Halpert, Riley Beggin

A new report warns that power outages, hacking and foreign interference could create chaos on Election Day. But Michigan’s decentralized system of elections and use of paper ballots puts it in better shape than some other states.

With COVID surging in Michigan, Trump touts ‘beautiful turn’ in virus fight

With COVID surging in Michigan, Trump touts ‘beautiful turn’ in virus fight

October 30, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Speaking from a runway in Oakland County, where he’s struggled to connect with suburban voters, Trump claimed the United States is “rounding the corner” on COVID-19 a day after the state reported a record case count along with climbing hospitalizations and deaths.

Michigan voting 2020: What to know about intimidation, write-ins and more

Michigan voting 2020: What to know about intimidation, write-ins and more

October 30, 2020 | Riley Beggin

What’s the difference between poll watchers and challengers? Why can’t you take a ballot selfie? How can those experiencing homelessness can cast ballots on Tuesday? Bridge Michigan answers these questions and more.

Michigan’s Amish seem to love Trump. But voting is another matter.

Michigan’s Amish seem to love Trump. But voting is another matter.

October 30, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Amish opposition to government regulation and abortion aligns with the political positions and rhetoric of the current president. But this small but growing conservative population in Michigan will likely stay home on Election Day.

Michigan restaurants must track customers under new COVID rules

Michigan restaurants must track customers under new COVID rules

October 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Mike Wilkinson, Paula Gardner

Michigan health officials ordered a number of businesses to limit capacity and the size of gatherings as they try to control the swift rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths that have swept the state.

Appeals court sides with gun advocates in ban on firearms at Michigan polls

Appeals court sides with gun advocates in ban on firearms at Michigan polls

October 29, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

State officials plan to “immediately appeal” the decision to the state Supreme Court ahead of Election Day.

Leelanau condemned the N-word, but the fight over racism had just begun

Leelanau condemned the N-word, but the fight over racism had just begun

October 29, 2020 | Kelly House

Like the rest of the nation, northern Michigan began a reckoning on race after George Floyd’s death in May. Then, a Leelanau County road commissioner’s racist outburst made it an undeniably local issue.

After ACLU lawsuit, Detroit City Clerk rushes ballots to voters

After ACLU lawsuit, Detroit City Clerk rushes ballots to voters

October 29, 2020 | Bisma Parvez

Thousands of Detroit absentee ballot applications were not processed by the Detroit City Clerk’s office on time. Now, the elections office must respond within 24 hours and is overnighting ballots to voters.

Michigan COVID surge thins poll worker ranks, prompting fears of vote delays

Michigan COVID surge thins poll worker ranks, prompting fears of vote delays

October 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Staff shortages could lengthen voting lines or slow an absentee ballot counting effort, but Michigan officials say there’s no need to panic because clerks and the state have spent weeks recruiting reserve workers.

Trump called. They answered. GOP army ready to challenge Michigan vote.

Trump called. They answered. GOP army ready to challenge Michigan vote.

October 28, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

Hundreds of poll challengers are ready to scrutinize ballots in Detroit and other cities on Nov. 3. They say they’re motivated by patriotism. Foes say their goal is to depress turnout in Democratic cities.

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