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Michigan's Mail-In Ballot Plans

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LANSING, Mic. (AP) — Michigan will mail postcards telling 4.4 million registered voters they can vote from home in November’s presidential election, and it will spend $2 million to reimburse local governments that provide pre-paid postage on absentee ballot return envelopes. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says the moves are needed to ensure safety. She pointed Thursday to the record number of absentee ballots cast in last week’s primary.

After Michigan's Primary Election, What Lessons Were Learned For November?

Aug 6, 2020
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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says based on how the August primary went this week, changes are needed before the November general election.

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It’s primary election day in Michigan. Polling places are expected to be equipped with hand sanitizer and sneeze guards as some of the precautions against spreading COVID-19.

Indiana Governor Urged To Expand Mail Voting During Pandemic

Aug 1, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two former Indiana lieutenant governors called for Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to expand mail-in voting Friday as the coronavirus continues. Without a broad mail-in voting option, former Indiana lieutenant governors John Mutz and Kathy Davis said Friday that fewer voting locations and long lines at polls will further suppress minority, disabled and low-income voters. Mutz, a Republican who severed under former Gov.

Michigan High Court Won't Hear Absentee Ballot Deadline Case

Jul 31, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has declined to hear a case seeking to extend the deadline to receive absentee ballots ahead of the presidential election in the swing state. In a 4-3 order Friday, justices said they were not persuaded that the questions presented should be reviewed. A dissenting justice says he is "baffled and troubled." The decision leaves intact an appeals court decision that says state law requires that absentee ballots be received by the time polls close on Election Day to be counted.

MI Sec'y Of State: Don't Mail Your Absentee Ballot

Jul 29, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s top election official is urging people with an absentee ballot to return it to their local clerk’s office or drop box instead of using the mail to ensure it’s counted in the Aug. 4 primary. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson gave the guidance Tuesday, a week before the election. A ballot must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Night to be counted. Voters can only return their ballot to the drop box in their city or township. Nearly 2 million absentee ballots have been issued, 3.6 times the 546,000 that were issued in 2016.



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Indiana recently closed the book on maybe the most unusual election in its history – a primary, delayed by a month, that featured expanded vote-by-mail.

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Hoosiers shouldn’t expect full results the night of Indiana’s primary election like usual.

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Nearly 550,000 Hoosiers requested absentee ballots for the 2020 primary – a huge increase from prior years after the state expanded vote-by-mail to anyone who wanted it.

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The seat for an Indiana House Representative in South Bend is up for grabs for the first time in 50 years after Democrat B. Patrick Bauer announced he wouldn’t be seeking re-election.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State officials say about 275,000 Indiana residents have requested absentee ballots for the June 2 primary election. That's more than five times the total who voted absentee in the 2016 primary. That number announced Tuesday is about 50,000 more than a week ago. Requests for a mail-in ballots, technically known as absentee voting by mail, must be received by county election offices no later than May 21. Ballots must be received by a county election office no later than noon on Election Day, June 2, to be counted.

GOP Leader Nixes Bill To Process Influx Of Absentee Ballots

Feb 19, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A top Republican lawmaker is opposing legislation that would ease Michigan election clerks' ability to process an expected influx of absentee ballots, saying it would set a "dangerous precedent."