Black Voters Matter bus rolled into Metro Detroit ahead of November election
On Tuesday, the national voting rights organization called Black Voters Matter brought their message and caravan to southeast Michigan, including in Ypsilanti, Detroit, and Highland Park, to encourage people to turn out on Nov. 8.
Michigan officials still fighting spread of misinformation ahead of Aug. primary election
Michigan voters will soon be heading to the polls once again for the August primary election, and the secretary of state says the election is taking place as her office tries to fight the spread of misinformation.
Michigan eyes bill to clean up voter registration rolls
Adam Reames, Michigan Department of State's Legislative policy director, testified in opposition to the legislation during two committee hearings in February. He said about 540 names are in the voter rolls with placeholder birthdays. If those who haven't participated in the past 20 years of elections don't properly return the mailing, their voter registration would be marked as challenged. If they don't participate in elections by the second November general election after receiving notice, their registration would be canceled. About 300,000 people are on voter rolls who haven't voted since before 2000, Reames said.
USA Today names Detroit International Riverwalk among best in country
DETROIT – We all know what makes the Detroit International Riverwalk so special -- the miles of amazing shoreline, the views of Canada, the family-friendly events, the parks, picnic areas and more. The Detroit Riverwalk has recently been named to the national publication’s “10Best Readers’ Choice Awards 2021.”The USA Today’s “10Best” editors and a panel of urban planning experts picked the top ten. You can vote now to make the Detroit International Riverwalk number one by clicking here. AdAccording to published reports, 3.5 million people visit the Detroit Riverwalk every year. The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy has invested more than $169 million in its revitalization.
Michigan Republican defends impeachment vote to upset voters
“I went against people who said not to vote for you because I believed in you. I've lost that belief.”AdNancy Eardley accused Meijer, the only first-term legislator to back impeachment on Jan. 13, of betraying the district within two weeks of taking office. “I didn't vote for you, but right now I'm sure glad you're my representative," she said. AdMeijer acknowledged that a majority of Republicans in his district, "maybe a strong majority," are upset with his impeachment decision. That was one of the reasons why I felt ultimately sickened by having to take this vote,” he said.
Live coverage: Trump impeachment vote in the House after Capitol riots
President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Washington. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Watch live coverage as the House of Representatives convenes to vote on an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection” in urging his supporters to march on the Capitol last week. Watch live beginning at 9 a.m.:What to watch as House moves to impeach Trump for 2nd time (AP):President Donald Trump is on the verge of becoming the first president to be impeached twice, as lawmakers move quickly to punish him over last week’s deadly U.S. Capitol attack. A Capitol police officer died from injuries suffered in the riot, and police shot and killed a woman during the siege. What to watch as the Democratic-controlled House moves to impeach Trump for the second time in 13 months — now with just days left in the defeated president’s term.
House votes on resolution to remove Trump via 25th Amendment
FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump listens during an event in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. For the past four years, Trump has enjoyed special status not given to regular users on Twitter and Facebook even as he used his perch atop the social media pyramid to peddle misinformation and hurl abuse at his critics. Could his loose leash on the platforms come to an end on Jan. 20, 2021, when his successor is inaugurated? (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Livonia and Detroit clerks subpoenaed for election information by Michigan lawmakers
DETROIT – On Tuesday, the Michigan House and Senate Oversight Committees voted to issue subpoenas to Livonia City Clerk, Susan Nash, and Detroit City Clerk, Janice Winfrey, for information related to the 2020 general and primary elections. Under the subpoenas both Winfrey and Nash have until 5 p.m. Jan. 5, 2021 to provide information and documents on how they ran the elections. Tuesday’s vote was made only one day after Michigan electors unanimously cast 16 Electoral College votes for Joe Biden for president. House Oversight Chair, Matt Hall, of Marshall issued the following statement after the joint hearing of the House and Senate Oversight Committees. “The House and Senate Oversight Committees have heard testimony and claims about this election.
Live Michigan election updates: Polls close at 8 p.m. (some in UP at 9 p.m.)
DETROIT – Follow up-to-the-minute election updates from WDIV Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit right here. As of this weekend, more than 2.6 million Michigan voters had turned in their absentee ballots. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is urging voters to drop off their ballots in-person to ensure mail delays don’t cause their ballots to not be counted, though voting in-person on Election Day remains an option. We expect to start reporting results Tuesday night after the polls close -- we’ll have live coverage all night. Follow Michigan election updates here:
Help Me Hank tracks down Election Day issues at Metro Detroit polling places
Local 4′s Help Me Hank spent Election Day tracking down issues Metro Detroiters faced while casting their ballots at polling places across the area. A church that has always been a voting location in Westland wasn’t used this year, and that took some people who showed up to vote by surprise. City officials said notifications were sent to voters, telling them their location had recently changed. READ: Michigan officials warn voters about spread of misinformation on Election DayDemotus Alexander said he recently found out he has COVID-19. The Michigan Secretary of State’s office said so far, Election Day has been fairly smooth across the state.
Election updates from Michigan Secretary of State: Follow here
As Michigan votes continue to be counted, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is tweeting updates on the state’s voter participation and ballot tabulation numbers. 4:08 p.m. update on Nov. 4:Proud of all the election workers who are meticulously, securely, transparently, tirelessly continuing to #CountEveryVote in Michigan. 9:10 a.m. update on Nov. 4:Michigan update: recently updated and reported results now include absentee ballots voted by citizens in Livonia and Dearborn. pic.twitter.com/LmIaDTQ5cy — Jocelyn Benson (@JocelynBenson) November 4, 2020Secretary Benson’s 7:06 a.m. update on November 4 reads:“Michigan update: Election officials worked through the night to #CountEveryVote. — Jocelyn Benson (@JocelynBenson) November 3, 2020Secretary Benson’s 3:49 p.m. update on November 3 reads:"Update from Michigan:
Metro Detroit parents take teenagers to vote in their first elections
DEARBORN, Mich. – Metro Detroit parents took their children to the polls Tuesday to help them vote in their very first presidential election. When their clock hit 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Erica Banks told her daughter, Jordan Banks, it was time to get up and go to the polls. “She said, ‘Mom, I am super nervous,’” Erica Banks said. “I said, ‘Don’t be nervous.’”READ: Michigan officials warn voters about spread of misinformation on Election DayVoting is vital for Erica Banks. “I sat down and filled out my squares,” Jordan Banks said.
These celebrities are proudly showing off their ‘I Voted’ stickers
Celebrities -- they’re just like us. Well, not really, but they definitely vote, and they definitely post selfies on Election Day with their “I Voted” sticker. Here are a few celebs who have let social media know they are exercising their constitutional right to have their voice heard. Laura DernSnoop DoggJessica AlbaNatalie PortmanJennifer LopezCharlize TheronBlake Lively and Ryan ReynoldsDemi LovatoDrew BarrymoreLizzoMariah CareyKerry WashingtonAshlee Simpson RossReese WitherspoonHalle BerryNick JonasSelena GomezBrittany SnowJimmy FallonJoe Jonas
University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus quiet on Election Day morning
ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan’s central campus was fairly calm after the polls opened on Tuesday. Save for a small line at the Michigan League at 7:30 a.m., students were still only trickling in to polling places on campus by late morning. According to Michigan’s Secretary of State, 7,067 new voters had registered as of Oct. 26 in the city of Ann Arbor. Sophomore Ali Chesnick campaigns for Joe Biden on the University of Michigan Diag on Nov. 3, 2020. It is definitely something I would recommend for the future, even after coronavirus.”Local children hand out free snacks to voters on University of Michigan's campus on Nov. 3, 2020.
Save time at the polls with Ann Arbor’s Election Day Line Tracker
ANN ARBOR – Did you know that you can check the status of the line at your precinct? With Ann Arbor’s Election Day Line Tracker, you can search for your precinct and see how long the wait is before you head out the door. The line tracker will show how many people are in line and give you an estimated wait time. Another cool feature? When you search for a precinct, the feature will pull up a picture of the polling place building and a link to directions on Google Maps so you can be sure you’re going to the right place.
Election officials get head start on absentee ballots at TCF Center
DETROIT – Election officials are getting a head start inside Detroit’s TCF Center on Monday -- opening envelopes, matching ballots and voters and logging them into the state system, and setting the ballots aside to be counted on Tuesday’s Election Day. As of Monday, more than 2.6 million absentee votes have been returned statewide with at least another 700,000 expected to arrive by Tuesday. On Sunday, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said that it won’t be up to anyone except the state. “Candidates don’t get to choose who wins an election, the voters do. And myself and the 1,500 clerks and 83 county clerks all across the state will be vigilantly committed to counting every ballot vote,” Benson said.
One-on-one with actress and passionate activist Kerry Washington in Metro Detroit ahead of Election Day
DETROIT – American actress and passionate activist Kerry Washington campaigned in Metro Detroit on Monday ahead of Election Day for the Biden-Harris campaign. Washington, 43, made three stops in Metro Detroit on Monday including the Inkster Recreation Complex, a volunteer canvass launch in Taylor and a voter mobilization event in Detroit. Michigan is a battleground state with both candidates vying for electoral votes that could have major implications on the election’s outcome. We pay their salaries with our tax dollars and so we need to vote because we need to boss up. For those who believe their vote does not count, Washington had this message to share: “Your vote does matter, that is why we are here.
Michigan attorney general answers important questions ahead of Election Day
Election day has arrived, and Local 4 spoke with Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to answer some of the most important questions that are still causing confusion for some residents. Election 2020: How WDIV reports election resultsYou can read Nessel’s answers to these questions below. Any form of intimidation or harassment at a polling place is a felony. What should I do if I encounter someone at my polling place who makes me feel unsafe? Are we going to see final results of the Michigan vote on election night?
‘One little incident could set someone off’: How police are working to keep polls safe in Michigan
What’s going to happen when residents around Michigan go to the polls Tuesday to vote in the General Election? One little incident could set someone off, so from a law enforcement standpoint, that is what you are worried about.”Is the state prepared for Tuesday? Election 2020: How WDIV reports election resultsWith that comes increased concerns about safety at the polls. “I think you’ve really got to keep an eye on the ballots,” Arena said. His office is on the lookout for anyone threatening voters who are trying to exercise their rights.
What’s The Buzz talks about the importance of voting
Election Day is tomorrow and that’s What’s The Buzz today. Tati Amare talked with some friends of the show all about the importance of voting, but they stayed away from politics. Joining in to talk about this were Blaine Fowler, the host of the Blaine Fowler Morning Show on 96.3 WDVD, Mimi Brown, a local author and motivational speaker, and AJ Williams, the managing editor of the Michigan Chronicle. The group discussed various topics including if Election Day should be a National holiday, They also talked about feelings of if you could date someone who doesn’t vote. Watch the video to see what the group had to say!
Detroit radio personality Angie Starr encourages voting through music
“Solutions Not Slogans” hosted by radio personality Angie Starr of 105.9 KISS FM answered Detroit voters' questions about this year’s election. “This election is so important and I want everybody that can vote to vote! And in true radio fashion, she’s helping to get that message out through music. The way your vote matters, why your vote is important and why you need to know everyone that is on the ballot. It’s all wrapped up into this one video,” Starr explained.
Both presidential campaigns making final push to Election Day
With one day left until Election Day on Nov. 3, more people from both campaign teams are showing up in Michigan, aiming to gather as many votes as possible. President Trump stopped in Washington Township Sunday, holding a rally at Total Sports Park. READ: Both presidential campaigns prioritize Michigan ahead of Election DayREAD: Michigan Election 2020: How to find your voting precinctFormer President Barack Obama, Vice President Mike Pence, former Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden and even Gov. In the meantime, Trump and Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden are both planning to campaign leading up to Tuesday. On Monday, Trump is preparing for his final two stops in Traverse City and Grand Rapids -- Grand Rapids was the final stop on Trump’s campaign trail back in 2016.
Classical musicians aim to motivate Detroit voters with virtual concert
DETROIT – A group of classical musicians are using their talents to encourage Detroiters to vote in the presidential election on Tuesday. Musician Alycia Wilder-Mollison and her string quartet are partnering with Declare Detroit to hold a virtual concert on Sunday in an effort to inspire people to vote. Francis Grunow with Declare Detroit says the group has been working tirelessly to encourage Detroit residents to vote and make their voices heard in the 2020 General Election. Wilder-Mollison says she, her string quartet and a vocalist will play the gospel song “We Shall Overcome," which became an anthem during the Civil Rights Movement. Related: Barack Obama, Stevie Wonder to campaign with Joe Biden in Detroit, Flint on Halloween
President Trump holds rally in Waterford Friday
President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made his second stop in Michigan this week at the Oakland County International Airport on Friday. During his remarks, President Trump took several shots at Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and her response to the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump said his administration is taking an “optimistic approach” to tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Due to a recent rise in COVID cases throughout much of the U.S., crowd sizes for Trump’s campaign rallies have been cut down to 250 attendees. Biden will be joined by President Barack Obama during a campaign stop in Michigan on Saturday.
Washtenaw County community leaders issue joint statement on election safety, integrity
ANN ARBOR – Leaders in Washtenaw County issued a joint statement on Friday morning expressing concern over safety as voters drop off their ballots and head to the polls on Tuesday. The contentious environment surrounding the election and its aftermath, as well as feedback from community leaders, has the group worried about what voters might experience this election. The statement was issued by the Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Milan, Northfield, Saline, Ypsilanti, Eastern Michigan University and University of Michigan police departments, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, Washtenaw County, Michigan State Police and Rep. Debbie Dingell. "To that end, please note the following;• Washtenaw County Clerk, Larry Kestenbaum has consulted with all of the local election officials to ensure voting integrity. • Local law enforcement leaders in consultation with the municipal and township elected/appointed leaders have developed strategies that support post-election community safety.
Proposition 1 could change how Michigan buys land, renovates parks in Nov. election
In addition to the races for office in the November election, Michigan voters should prepare to vote on a few proposals that would change the state’s constitution. Proposition 1, also known as Prop 1, will change the way Michigan buys new land and renovates state parks. Specifically, the proposition impacts how much money Michigan can hold in the trust the funds state parks, and where that money ultimately goes. The proposition on the 2020 General Election ballot has been a long time coming -- the last major change to how Michigan funds state parks occurred in the mid 1990s. It is also supported by business groups like the Michigan Oil and Gas Association and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.
What Michigan is doing to keep voters safe on Election Day
There is less than one week left before Election Day. She said the issue is expected to be settled before Election Day. Local and state police have been working around the clock to find potential threats or chatter online. Residents can also vote in person on Election Day, but because of the pandemic, you will be encouraged to wear a mask and practice social distancing. You can also register at your local clerk’s office on Election Day and vote in the presidential election.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses election concerns with record voter turnout expected
LANSING, Mich. – With six days to go before Election Day, and record voter turnout expected, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pledged to make sure residents and their votes are safe. Record early turnout is leading some people to believe Michigan could also break records on Election Day itself. On Wednesday, Whitmer, Lt. Gov. President Donald Trump has said he’s concerned about the integrity of the election in Michigan.
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Eric, Tiffany Trump to visit Michigan on Thursday for separate events
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. – Eric and Tiffany Trump will visit Michigan on Thursday for separate events, the Donald Trump campaign announced. Eric Trump is making stops at Hope Sports Complex in Lansing and ResLife Church in Grandville, Michigan. The Lansing event will begin at 2:30 p.m., and the Grandville event will begin at 6 p.m., according to the campaign. Tiffany Trump is scheduled to attend a “Breakfast With Tiffany” event at 9 a.m. Thursday in Birmingham. Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. today announced Tiffany Trump will headline a ‘Breakfast with Tiffany’ event in Birmingham, Michigan on Thursday, October 29th in support of President Donald J. Trump’s re-election.
Live stream: Michigan Gov. Whitmer discusses voting in General Election
Gretchen Whitmer is holding a news conference Wednesday to discuss voting in the upcoming General Election. You can watch live in the stream above. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel. The goal is to ensure a convenient and flexible election to Michiganders, state officials said. Click here to view ClickOnDetroit’s full coverage of the election.