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Tuesday evening's Iowa caucus results mean the 2016 primary election cycle is in full swing.

And if you’re not yet registered to vote in Michigan, you have less than a week to do so.

State voters have until February 8 to register with the state in order to vote in the March Presidential primary.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, Michigan resident, and at least 18 years old by the election date.

Other than that, residents just need a driver’s license or other state-approved ID, and a few minutes to fill everything out.

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 A Democratic state lawmaker has called for closing a loophole that allows the Legislature to shield some controversial laws from ballot challenges.

The Michigan Constitution says spending bills can’t be challenged by a voter referendum.

In recent years, the Legislature’s Republican majorities have used spending provisions to make controversial laws like right-to-work and the emergency manager act referendum-proof.

State Representative Jim Townsend says it’s being abused.

“They’re trying to circumvent the will of the people.”

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The League of Women Voters of Michigan are holding a series of informational forums across the state on redistricting. This follow a Supreme Court decision on voter boundaries in Arizona.

Elizabeth Ennis is with the LWV's Berrien and Cass counties chapter.

"Gerrymandering or redistricting is done by each party. They’ve been doing it since 1810. So this is a part of the American fabric. But it’s a part that needs to change," she says. "We need to guarantee one person, one vote. And have the vote matter."

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