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A look at $625M in budget shifts made by Whitmer-led board

Oct. 1, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday took the rare step of using a board to shift funds within 13 state departments, a day after she signed a $59 billion budget and vetoed nearly $1 billion in spending that had been approved by the Republican-led Legislature. The Democrat said she...

Judge strikes down key changes to Michigan ballot drive law

Sep. 27, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A judge struck down changes to Michigan's ballot drive law Friday, ruling that a geographic limit on petition gathering unconstitutionally makes it harder to qualify proposals for a public vote. Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens said the state constitution does not allow the...

Detroit-area official charged with altering voter records

Sep. 23, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — An election official in suburban Detroit has been charged with six crimes related to how she handled absentee ballot records during the 2018 election. State police say Sherikia Hawkins, the elected clerk in Southfield, falsified and forged records after Oakland County officials...