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GOP lawmakers get green light to appeal absentee ballot case

Sep. 30, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday was granted the right to intervene and appeal a groundbreaking court decision that allows Michigan absentee ballots to be counted for 14 days after the election. The ruling by Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens means the case is certain...

Another GOP challenge tries to block absentee ballot order

Sep. 29, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's Democratic secretary of state was sued Tuesday by her two Republican predecessors after failing to challenge a major court decision that orders the state to count absentee ballots days after the Nov. 3 election. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in western Michigan, is the...

FILE - In this March 5, 2020, file photo, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel addresses the media during a news conference in Lansing, Mich. Nessel opened an investigation Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, into allegations that a ballot group may have committed crimes while gathering signatures to repeal a law that gives Gov. Gretchen Whitmer broad powers to manage the coronavirus crisis. Nessel, a Democrat, said her office will probe Unlock Michigan, a Republican-affiliated committee that plans to submit its signatures Friday. If the group turns in enough — it needs 340,000 valid signatures — the initiative will go to the Legislature. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

Michigan AG to probe group seeking to repeal governor powers

Sep. 29, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general opened an investigation Monday into allegations that a ballot group may have committed crimes while gathering signatures to repeal a law that gives Gov. Gretchen Whitmer broad powers to manage the coronavirus crisis without legislative approval. Dana...

Grace period ending for expired Michigan driver's licenses

Sep. 27, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Time is running out for Michigan residents who have waited to renew their driver's license or vehicle registration during the coronavirus pandemic. Anyone with an expiration date after March 1 were given a long grace period by the Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. But that period...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Sep. 25, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Cory Booker, D-N.J.; former national security adviser H.R....

National, state Republicans sue over major ballot decision

Sep. 25, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Republican Party is suing to try to overturn a decision that lets Michigan count absentee ballots up to 14 days after the Nov. 3 election. The state and national GOP said existing law, which cuts off absentee ballots when polls close on Election Day, should be honored. A judge, citing...

FILE - In this May 5, 2020, file photo, absentee ballots to be counted are moved at City Hall in Garden City, Mich. Data obtained by The Associated Press shows Postal Service districts across the nation are missing the agency’s own standards for on-time delivery as millions of Americans prepare to vote by mail. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Records: Mail delivery lags behind targets as election nears

Sep. 24, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

The slice of Michigan that covers Detroit, its suburbs and towns dependent on the auto industry is coveted political terrain in one of this year's most important presidential swing states. It also has another distinction as home to one of the worst-performing U.S. Postal Service districts in the country. In...

Republicans want to appeal major Michigan ballot decision

Sep. 22, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature is seeking to intervene in a major court decision that will allow absentee ballots to be counted days after the election. The House and Senate want to join the case and appeal the decision. Absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 are eligible to...

Judge: Michigan must count ballots that arrive post-election

Sep. 18, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Friday cleared the way for more absentee ballots to be counted in Michigan, saying envelopes postmarked by the eve of the Nov. 3 election are eligible, even if they show up days later. The decision is significant in a state that is anticipating waves of absentee ballots...

Trump: Michigan election official a 'hater' in ballot snafu

Sep. 17, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump called Michigan's top election official a “Trump Hater” Thursday after the state mistakenly created overseas absentee ballots that didn't list Vice President Mike Pence. The ballots instead paired Trump, a Republican, with Jeremy...