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Republicans on the Wayne County vote-canvassing board say they have second thoughts about certifying election results. Michigan’s Democratic secretary of state says it’s too late to reverse the decision.

A judge in Wayne County ruled today that certifying ballots in Michigan will go on as scheduled. He called challenges to vote-counting in Detroit “not credible.”

The judge denied several motions filed by Republican poll challengers who claim they were stopped from doing their jobs on election night. The judge said the claims were “speculative and not credible” – and that delaying certification of the votes would “undermine faith in the electoral system.”

A Michigan Court of Claims judge has rejected a challenge from President Trump’s campaign to Michigan’s absentee ballot counting process.

The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit that claimed Michigan denied poll challengers sufficient access to watch absentee voting boards at work. But Judge Cynthia Stephens said the Trump campaign failed to show any direct proof of that.

   And Stephens pushed back when a Trump campaign attorney argued otherwise.

  

   “I heard somebody else say something. Tell me why that’s not hearsay. Come on now.”

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WGVU’s Decision 2020 candidate profiles continue with the U.S. House of Representatives race in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. Democrat Hillary Scholten and Republican Peter Meijer are the only candidates in the race filling the seat held by Independent, Justin Amash.

Grand Rapids' Democrat Hillary Scholten is a wife and mother of two sons and a Civil Rights lawyer. She tells me this was the time to take action after speaking with people who can’t afford their medications, are concerned about water quality and, in general, struggling to make ends meet.

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Just days before the presidential election, millions of mail ballots have yet to be returned in key battleground states, and election officials warn that time is running out for voters who want to avoid a polling place on Election Day.

At least 35 million mail ballots had been returned or accepted as of early Wednesday, according to data collected by The Associated Press. That surpasses the 33.3 million total mail ballots returned during the 2016 election, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

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To make it easier for residents to exercise their right to vote, the City of Grand Rapids is adding drop boxes for absentee ballots across the city.

With the November 3rd election right around the corner, the city of Grand Rapids has drop boxes throughout the city.  There are now seven locations, including outside of four Grand Rapids Public Library branches.

Joel Hondorp, Grand Rapids City Clerk, says for more than ten years, they’ve had a drop box for several election cycles at 300 Ottawa.  But with the increase in absentee ballots he says they need to make a change.

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Absentee voting began today in Michigan.

Absentee ballots were put in the mail to people who requested them. Registered voters can also stop by clerks’ offices to fill out their ballots.

It’s easier now to vote absentee in Michigan. And more people have requested absentee ballots during the COVID-19 crisis.

Absentee voting is expected to play a decisive role in this year’s elections. 

In a web conference with progressive activists, Governor Gretchen Whitmer noted the election in Michigan was very close in 2016.

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Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson testified remotely today before a congressional committee. The topic was ensuring the November elections are handled safely and securely.              

Benson joined other state election officials before the House Homeland Security Committee. She said Michigan’s August primary served as a useful trial run. But many more people are expected to vote in November. And Benson said many more people will either mail in or drop off their ballots because of COVID-19 concerns. That, she said, presents a challenge.

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A recent state-wide poll asks Michigan voters if they support voting by mail.

The survey by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA asked more than 600 registered Michigan voters – 40% of them by cell phone – if they support the ability to vote by mail.

In a news release, “It had strong support in every region of the state, every age group, income group, every levels of education, every religious group, racial group, and just about every other demographic group.”

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Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan said Tuesday he will vote to remove President Donald Trump from office, saying the facts show that he abused his power to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.

Peters, who is seeking re-election to a second term this year, announced his decision a day before the Republican-led Senate is scheduled to vote on two impeachment articles.

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