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Despite fears that the coronavirus pandemic will worsen, Victor Gibson said he’s not planning to take advantage of Michigan’s expanded vote-by-mail system when he casts his ballot in November.

The retired teacher from Detroit just isn’t sure he can trust it. Many Black Americans share similar concerns and are planning to vote in person on Election Day, even as mail-in voting expands to more states as a safety precaution during the pandemic.

The Michigan League of Women Voters plans to challenge restrictions that will make it more difficult for people to vote absentee. That’s after the league lost a decision by the state Court of Appeals. In 2018 voters passed an initiative to allow no-reason absentee voting. But the Republican-controlled Legislature added restrictions that include disqualifying any mail-in ballot that does not arrive by 8 pm on Election Day.

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A recent state-wide poll indicates President Donald Trump is trailing presumptive Democratic challenger Joe Biden by double digits.

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA conducted the poll in late-May and early June surveying 600 registered Michigan voters, 40% by cell phone; 43% identified as a Democrat, 38% Republican an 11% Independent.

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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson was part of a panel of election experts who testified today before a congressional subcommittee.

       They offered ideas on how to make voting easier this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest.

Benson appeared before the subcommittee with a number – 40 million dollars. She said that’s how much Michigan needs from Congress to help with new election expenses created by COVID-19. That includes paying for more mail-in ballots and making sure election sites are healthy and safe.

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People in about 50 Michigan communities are participating in largely mail-based local elections that might be a blueprint for the presidential battleground state in November. In a first, Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's office automatically sent absentee ballot applications to all 740,000 registered voters in those municipalities to discourage in-person voting. More than 4,000 people in Michigan have died from coronavirus complications. Turnout for Tuesday's elections was expected to be more than twice than what is typical for May elections.

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Michigan State University is planning to implement a fall break next school year, which will give students Election Day off. But some think the schedule change could undercut efforts to encourage student voting on campus. Classes would be canceled on Monday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 3, which is Election Day. Associated Students of Michigan State University, the university's student government organization, had advocated for the break to give students time to go back home to cast their votes, President Samuel Stanley said during the MSU Board of Trustees December meeting.

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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 Jocelyn Benson. They added no new candidates.

Dec. 13 is the deadline for those not listed to file more than 11,000 valid signatures to run.

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Muskegon County voters turned down the idea last November by over 3000 votes, however, Emergency dispatch officials are asking the public to reconsider this May.

Essentially, the ballot proposal would increase a county resident’s monthly 911 surcharge by over 500 percent, from 42 cents to nearly $3 a month.

While that is a big jump, dispatch officials say the money is desperately needed to upgrade the call center from analog to digital. Officials say not doing so would become a safety issue in the years ahead.

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WGVU interviews candidates running in the Michigan Senate's 29th District; Republican Chris Afendoulis, Democrat Winnie Brinks, Libertarian Bob VanNoller and Working Class party candidate Louis Palus.

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In a recent poll commissioned by Michigan NORML, which is the Michigan Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, indicates a majority of state voters are in favor of legalizing marijuana.

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