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In this Monday, June 1, 2020, photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a news conference in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer lifted Michigan's nearly 10-week coronavirus stay-at-home order Monday, letting restaurants reopen to dine-in customers next week and immediately easing limits on outdoor gatherings while keeping social-distancing rules intact. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)

Panel OKs $1.2B coronavirus bill; visitation rules relaxed

Jun. 3, 2020 11:55 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday that would allocate more than $1.2 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding, including $200 million to help small businesses restart as stay-at-home restrictions are loosened. The state, meanwhile, relaxed rules so people can visit...

Michigan Secretary of State branches reopening Monday

May. 28, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State branch offices will reopen Monday by appointment only for essential transactions not available online, it was announced Thursday. Beginning next week, all 131 branch offices in Michigan will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for transactions...

A worker processes mail-in ballots at the Bucks County Board of Elections office prior to the primary election, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Doylestown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Mail-in voting could turn Election Day into Election Week

May. 28, 2020 12:39 AM EDT

A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November’s presidential race on election night, a scenario that is fueling worries about whether President Donald Trump will use the delay to sow doubts about the results. State election officials in some key...

A worker processes mail-in ballots at the Bucks County Board of Elections office prior to the primary election, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Doylestown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Will mail-in voting turn Election Day into Election Week?

May. 27, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November’s presidential race on election night, a scenario that is fueling worries about whether President Donald Trump will use the delay to sow doubts about the results. State election officials in some key...

FILE - March 10, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to members of the press at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee. But the process of making it official is anything but settled. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Biden campaign names national director for voter protection

May. 26, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Joe Biden has hired a national director for voter protection, a role his campaign says will focus broadly on voter rights, including the disenfranchisement of people of color amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign said Rachana Desai Martin will join its legal team, serving also as senior...

LGBT rights ballot drive sues to cut signature requirement

May. 26, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group organizing a ballot drive to add LGBT anti-discrimination protections to Michigan’s civil rights law sued the state Tuesday, saying coronavirus restrictions made it impossible to collect the required 340,000 valid voter signatures. Fair and Equal Michigan and two...

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 file photo, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden hold T-shirts given to them by students during their visit to the International Studies Learning Center in South Gate, Calif. On Friday, May 22, 2020, The Associated Press reported on manipulated photos circulating online altered to show Biden and Xi holding up T-shirts that say “I (Heart) China.” At the actual event, the Chinese text translates in English to “China America two countries friendship everlasting,” while the other reads, “Fostering goodwill between America & China.

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 22, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Michigan sent absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of primaries...

FILE - In this March 5, 2020, file photo, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks at a news conference in Lansing, Mich. Michigan's top election official said Tuesday, May, 19, 2020, that absentee ballot applications will be mailed to all 7.7 million registered voters for the August primary and November general election. Benson said the step — announced as the state continues to confront the coronavirus pandemic — ensures no one

Michigan suit: Count absentee ballots if mailed by election

May. 22, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan law that requires absentee ballots to be received by the time polls close on Election Day is unconstitutional and will disenfranchise tens of thousands of voters in 2020 if it is not struck down, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. The suit, filed in the state appeals...

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump threatens funds for states easing voting in pandemic

May. 21, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to hold up federal funds for two election battleground states that are trying to make it easier and safer to vote during the coronavirus pandemic. He backed away from that threat but stuck with his unsupported claim that widespread voting by...

Wisconsin panel split on mailing voter absentee applications

May. 20, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election officials delayed a decision Wednesday on whether to mail absentee ballot applications to voters who haven't requested one, a move that could incur President Donald Trump's wrath after he threatened to pull funding from other states that have adopted similar...