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Michigan to mail redistricting panel applications to 250,000

Nov. 19, 2019 2:12 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan will mail 250,000 applications encouraging voters to apply to serve on a new commission responsible for drawing congressional and legislative maps. An independent accounting firm, Rehmann, randomly selected the 250,000 registered voters Tuesday. The applications...

Michigan changes transgender policy for driver’s licenses

Nov. 18, 2019 2:57 PM EST

FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says her department is making it easier for transgender people to get a driver’s license or state ID card. Starting Monday, those wanting to correct the sex designation on their license can go to a branch office to have their photo...

Liberal PAC files 3rd challenge to Michigan election laws

Nov. 15, 2019 4:43 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan has adopted laws and policies that overly restrict new voting rights included in a voter-passed constitutional amendment, a liberal group alleged in a lawsuit Friday. The suit, brought in state court, is the third filed by super PAC Priorities USA in battleground...

22 presidential candidates listed for Michigan primary

Nov. 12, 2019 11:37 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Eighteen Democrats and four Republicans, including President Donald Trump, are currently listed as candidates in Michigan's March primary. Tuesday was the deadline for leaders of the state Democratic and Republican parties to add names to a list released Friday by Secretary of State...

Suit opposes signature check of Michigan absentee ballots

Oct. 30, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Democratic group on Wednesday challenged Michigan laws that require the rejection of absentee ballots if the voter's signature does not match what is on file, saying the "arbitrary and standardless" rule will unconstitutionally disenfranchise many more people following an expansion...

Applications for Michigan redistricting panel now available

Oct. 24, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan residents can start applying to serve on a new commission that will draw congressional and legislative districts. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Thursday that applications are available at www.RedistrictingMichigan.org . They take about 15 minutes to complete....

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...