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Human error, Dominion voting equipment fuel false fraud claims in Michigan

Human error, Dominion voting equipment fuel false fraud claims in Michigan

November 9, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

A mistake by a Republican clerk in northern Michigan has taken on a life of its own and become a talking point for Donald Trump and his supporters who claim voter fraud. But experts say what happened on election night was a “one-off” mistake that was quickly corrected.

As Biden defeats Trump, GOP launches inquiry into Michigan election

As Biden defeats Trump, GOP launches inquiry into Michigan election

November 7, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

In a rare weekend meeting, amid unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud by President Trump, Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature on Saturday used unprecedented subpoena power to demand expansive records from the state’s Nov. 3 election.

Don’t blame fraud: Dwindling suburban support lost Michigan for Trump

Don’t blame fraud: Dwindling suburban support lost Michigan for Trump

November 6, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Plenty of counties — even Republican ones — took a while to count absentee votes in Michigan, but Donald Trump is laser-focused on Detroit, which has always supported Democrats. His loss, though, is best explained by examining outstate numbers.

Detroit poll challengers were in same room, but had different accounts

Detroit poll challengers were in same room, but had different accounts

November 6, 2020 | Madeline Halpert, Paula Gardner, Mansur Shaheen

Republican poll challengers say they were limited in where they could walk and who they could bring in during ballot counting at the TCF Center. Their Democratic counterparts (and an election official) counter that votes were counted professionally and it was the GOP that complicated the process.

GOP calls for Michigan election probe. Officials say their claims are weak.

GOP calls for Michigan election probe. Officials say their claims are weak.

November 6, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Paula Gardner, Madeline Halpert

The Republican National Committee is deploying legal teams to Michigan and calling for a federal investigation into ‘irregularities’ But elections officials — including some Republican clerks — say their claims don’t add up to much.

Reformer hired to fix Michigan’s unemployment system quits as problems mount

Reformer hired to fix Michigan’s unemployment system quits as problems mount

November 6, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Steve Gray was brought in to resolve problems getting benefits that he helped expose. But a little more than a year into the job, he has resigned from the system that was overrun by the coronavirus pandemic.

Republicans largely quiet as Trump claims fraud, falsely says he won Michigan

Republicans largely quiet as Trump claims fraud, falsely says he won Michigan

November 5, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Democrats condemned President Trump’s unproven claims of voter fraud in Detroit. Republicans were more circumspect.

Trump, who now claims fraud, got more votes in Detroit than most Republicans

Trump, who now claims fraud, got more votes in Detroit than most Republicans

November 5, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Mansur Shaheen, Paula Gardner

Trump calls Detroit ‘corrupt,’ says the election is being stolen from him. But the reality is he’s done better than other Republican presidential candidates in the city.

How Biden won, even as much of Michigan went for Trump: 5 election takeaways

How Biden won, even as much of Michigan went for Trump: 5 election takeaways

November 5, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

Pivot counties are less likely to swing. Kent County is more Democratic but Michigan remains divided politically. Here’s what to make of Biden’s narrow win.

Trump’s options narrow in Michigan. Lawsuit, recount seen as long shots.

Trump’s options narrow in Michigan. Lawsuit, recount seen as long shots.

November 5, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Trump has a few changes to make his case that Michigan’s election was fraudulent over the next few weeks. But the odds of challenging or erasing 100,000-plus votes are slim.

Judge dismisses President Trump’s suit to stop absentee counting in Michigan

Judge dismisses President Trump’s suit to stop absentee counting in Michigan

November 5, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A Michigan judge on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s attempt to halt absentee ballot counting in the state, calling his campaign’s lone piece of evidence “hearsay” and telling attorneys there is “no basis” to believe the lawsuit has merit.

Sen. Gary Peters edges ahead of GOP challenger John James in Michigan

Sen. Gary Peters edges ahead of GOP challenger John James in Michigan

November 4, 2020 | Riley Beggin

James, who would have become the state’s first Black U.S. senator, put up a formidable challenge to the incumbent. But Peters eked out a narrow win Wednesday amid a high Democrat turnout in Detroit.

What happened when conservatives tried to halt Detroit’s election count

What happened when conservatives tried to halt Detroit’s election count

November 4, 2020 | Bisma Parvez, Louis Aguilar

Republicans contend that not enough conservative challengers are monitoring Detroit’s vote count. That’s not true, officials say.

Democratic wins shift power balance on Michigan Supreme Court

Democratic wins shift power balance on Michigan Supreme Court

November 4, 2020 | Kelly House

Wins for Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack and Grand Rapids attorney Elizabeth Welch have shifted the ideological makeup of Michigan’s high court from a 4-3 conservative majority to a 4-3 majority of justices nominated by Democrats.

How suburbanites, college grads helped Biden edge Trump in Michigan

How suburbanites, college grads helped Biden edge Trump in Michigan

November 4, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

Record turnout boosted the president’s vote totals in dozens of Michigan counties. But suburban voters turned away from the incumbent and gave Biden the margins needed to grab the state’s 16 electoral votes.

Post-election, Detroit braces for legal challenges to its results

Post-election, Detroit braces for legal challenges to its results

November 4, 2020 | Louis Aguilar, Olivia Lewis, Bryce Huffman, Bisma Parvez

As President Donald Trump questions the integrity of Michigan’s elections, the focus of the race swings to Detroit, which has had its share of vote challenges. Controversies already are arising with the city’s count.

As Joe Biden leads Michigan, President Trump seeks to derail count

As Joe Biden leads Michigan, President Trump seeks to derail count

November 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin, Madeline Halpert

Michigan once again could decide the presidency, and Democratic Vice President Joe Biden is ahead in the votes. But Trump and his supporters filed suit, caused disruptions in Detroit and challenged the process.

Republicans flip Democratic seats, keep majority in Michigan House

Republicans flip Democratic seats, keep majority in Michigan House

November 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hit the campaign trail last month to campaign for House Democrats trying to break the GOP’s decade-long grip on the Michigan Legislature. Instead, Republicans are likely to retain control of both the House and Senate for the remainder of Whitmer’s first term.

Michigan voters approve Proposal 1, changing rules for parks funding

Michigan voters approve Proposal 1, changing rules for parks funding

November 4, 2020 | Kelly House

Proposal 1, a statewide ballot measure to remove a $500 million cap on the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and give fund managers more flexibility in how they spend trust fund dollars, passed resoundingly.

In Michigan, Trump expands support in rural counties; Biden carries suburbs

In Michigan, Trump expands support in rural counties; Biden carries suburbs

November 4, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Mike Wilkinson

President Donald Trump did better in northern Michigan and many areas than he did in 2016, while Democrat Joe Biden banks on late counts from suburbs and Wayne County.

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