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Michigan GOP canvassers under pressure to ignore votes, help Trump

Michigan GOP canvassers under pressure to ignore votes, help Trump

November 18, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

Now that Wayne County has certified its election, activists want the state Board of Canvassers to refuse to certify the state’s election and allow lawmakers to award Michigan’s electors to Trump. It’s a long shot and may be illegal.

Wayne County changes course, certifies election as GOP members relent

Wayne County changes course, certifies election as GOP members relent

November 17, 2020 | Madeline Halpert, Jonathan Oosting

After deadlocking earlier Tuesday, Michigan’s largest and most Democratic county switches course agrees to certify and audit its election. GOP canvassers had initially refused, citing unbalanced precincts, but agreed to a compromise amid withering criticism of disenfranchisement.

GOP leader: Michigan doesn’t need COVID mandates — or to impeach Gov. Whitmer

GOP leader: Michigan doesn’t need COVID mandates — or to impeach Gov. Whitmer

November 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says Republicans aren’t planning legislation to curb ‘runaway’ COVID-19 cases. But he says efforts to recall Gretchen Whitmer are a ‘distraction’

Joe Biden won, Michigan elector coup ‘not going to happen,’ GOP leader says

Joe Biden won, Michigan elector coup ‘not going to happen,’ GOP leader says

November 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect and the Legislature’s investigation of the election won’t change the results in Michigan.

As Trump lawsuit sputters, Michigan moves closer to certifying election

As Trump lawsuit sputters, Michigan moves closer to certifying election

November 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

President Donald Trump has sued to stop certification of Michigan’s elections. But the case can’t proceed because his attorneys still haven’t taken the simple step of notifying state officials of the lawsuit.

Experts praise Michigan 3-week pause. Some in GOP mull Whitmer impeachment.

Experts praise Michigan 3-week pause. Some in GOP mull Whitmer impeachment.

November 16, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Health experts say other states should enact Michigan’s latest coronavirus restrictions, while a member of Donald Trump’s COVID task force calls on residents to resist and some conservative lawmakers float impeachment of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Michigan to close high schools, colleges, bars for 3 weeks as COVID spikes

Michigan to close high schools, colleges, bars for 3 weeks as COVID spikes

November 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Robin Erb, Ron French

A surge in the coronavirus in Michigan means another round of restrictions, including efforts to limit family gatherings for Thanksgiving.

Michigan counties wrapping up canvasses this week. That’s bad news for Trump.

Michigan counties wrapping up canvasses this week. That’s bad news for Trump.

November 15, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

Joe Biden likely will make a huge step toward making his Michigan win official this week, as the state’s 83 county boards of canvassers certify election results. Despite unproven claims of fraud, even Republicans say surprises are unlikely.

GOP leaders: We’ll abide by popular vote, won’t give Michigan to Trump

GOP leaders: We’ll abide by popular vote, won’t give Michigan to Trump

November 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Donald Trump’s remote path to a second term is more narrow now that GOP lawmakers in Michigan say they won’t appoint the state’s 16 electors contrary to the popular vote. Trump’s best chance of carrying Michigan is now a long-shot court fight to erase 146,000 votes.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: COVID’s deadliest days in Michigan loom ahead

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: COVID’s deadliest days in Michigan loom ahead

November 12, 2020 | Robin Erb

Just hours after Michigan hospital leaders urged the wearing of masks, the governor pleaded with residents to cancel large Thanksgiving and holiday plans and take urgent measures to prevent the virus’ spread.

Five suits now target Michigan’s election. One seeks to toss out 1.2M votes.

Five suits now target Michigan’s election. One seeks to toss out 1.2M votes.

November 12, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

President Trump and his allies are peppering Michigan with suits to delay certification or dismiss votes — including one that would toss out all ballots in Wayne, Ingham and Washtenaw counties.

Trump: Dismiss Michigan votes GOP didn’t witness. Experts say that’s absurd.

Trump: Dismiss Michigan votes GOP didn’t witness. Experts say that’s absurd.

November 12, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

President Trump’s legal strategy to thwart the Michigan election hinges on a claim that GOP challengers and poll workers were outnumbered and therefore votes they didn’t check shouldn’t count. It’s an argument that not only would disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters, but is dangerous to democracy, foes say.

Biden win in Kent County latest evidence of region’s demographic shifts

Biden win in Kent County latest evidence of region’s demographic shifts

November 12, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

The Grand Rapids area helped fuel Kent’s economic resurgence by attracting young, well-educated professionals. Younger workers and an influx of Hispanic reEsidents are making the county more politically diverse.

Four partisans must certify Michigan’s election. One makes no promises.

Four partisans must certify Michigan’s election. One makes no promises.

November 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A majority on the Board of State Canvassers — which consists of two Democrats and two Republicans — must vote to certify Michigan’s election. One GOP member, whose wife was a poll challenger in Detroit,  offers no guarantees. “What prevents people from cheating?” he asks.

Dead ‘voter’ cited in Trump lawsuit never cast ballot, Michigan records show

Dead ‘voter’ cited in Trump lawsuit never cast ballot, Michigan records show

November 11, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Republican President Donald Trump's new federal lawsuit seeking to delay certification of Michigan election results includes an affidavit from a mother who claims her dead son voted. In fact, that’s a case of mistaken identity, according to the Department of State.

GOP clerk’s typo in Michigan fuels false ‘vote dumping’ claims

GOP clerk’s typo in Michigan fuels false ‘vote dumping’ claims

November 11, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

One week after the election, untrue claims about an extra 138,000 votes for Joe Biden in  Shiawassee County still persist — and are being cited in fundraising emails — even though election officials say the mistake was corrected within minutes.

Sharpies didn’t ruin ballots in Michigan. In fact, they’re often preferred

Sharpies didn’t ruin ballots in Michigan. In fact, they’re often preferred

November 10, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

False claims about ballots spoiled by markers fester in Michigan, even though they have been discounted by elections officials and Republican officials. ‘The felt-tip markers versus ballpoint pen controversy” is ‘not true,’ one top GOP lawmaker says.

Meet Michigan’s ‘dead’ voters. They’re quite alive, despite false fraud claims

Meet Michigan’s ‘dead’ voters. They’re quite alive, despite false fraud claims

November 10, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

President Trump’s supporters are claiming hundreds of Michigan dead voters cast ballots last week. In fact, most assertions arise from typographical errors such as clerks entering placeholder birthdates. 

Joe Biden is president-elect. Here’s what has to happen before he’s sworn in

Joe Biden is president-elect. Here’s what has to happen before he’s sworn in

November 9, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

The Democratic former vice president has enough electoral votes to become 46th president. But 83 counties need to be canvassed and Michigan’s 16 electors still need to cast their votes before he is sworn in.

Michigan deeply divided over race, education, geography and news feeds

Michigan deeply divided over race, education, geography and news feeds

November 9, 2020 | Ron French, Madeline Halpert, Mike Wilkinson

Divisions in our state go beyond who we supported for president. Voters say we are increasingly separated by political tribes, what we see on social media and what lessons we took from police protests.

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