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Michigan Judge Strikes Down Open Carry Ban At Polling Places On Election Day

Oct 27, 2020
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BREAKING: A Michigan judge has struck down Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s ban on the open carry of guns at polling places on Election Day. Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray issued the decision Tuesday. Unless it’s reversed by a higher court, it applies to voting places and absentee counting boards next Tuesday. The only exception would be churches and other places that are already allowed to forbid the open carry of guns. 

Judge Christopher Murray acted just a few hours after hearing a challenge from gun-rights groups. They said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, had exceeded her authority in banning people from openly carrying guns within 100 feet of polling places. Critics argued that Benson failed to go through a formal rule-making process as required under state law.

Michigan's Attorney General intends to appeal. 

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Listen tonight at 9pm on 88.1 WVPE as NPR explores an extraordinary electoral season that’s coincided with the global pandemic. With early voting now underway, hosts Scott Detrow and Juana Summers report on how to navigate unprecedented challenges to casting a ballot this year. We’ll also hear about long-existing impediments to voting and how they’ve been exacerbated this year. And we’ll help listeners prepare for November 3rd, with some tips on avoiding misinformation as the votes are counted.

Vice President Pence Casts Absentee Ballot In Indianapolis

Oct 23, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has voted in the general election in Indianapolis. Pence and his wife, Karen, cast absentee ballots about 8:15 a.m. Friday in the Indianapolis City-County Building. Pence said, "It's a great honor and great to be back home again" as he gave a thumbs-up sign toward cameras. 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 142 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 3,704 – the largest reported in a single week since the late May. 

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Hundreds of cities across the U.S. held Women’s Marches on Saturday, including two in northern Indiana. 

The South Bend Women’s March was held in Howard Park, where participants were asked to wear masks and socially distance. Following a surge of COVID-19 cases in Elkhart County, the Goshen Women’s March organizers decided to broadcast a Zoom panel via Facebook Live. 

Michigan Court Stops 2-Week Absentee Ballot Extension

Oct 16, 2020
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DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has blocked a 14-day extension to accept and count absentee ballots. The court says any changes must rest with the Legislature, not the judiciary. Michigan law says absentee ballots must be turned in by election night to be valid. But a Court of Claims judge had ordered that any ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 could be counted if they arrived within two weeks after the Nov. 3 election.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court says absentee ballots cast in Indiana must arrive by noon on Election Day to be counted. The court spiked a 10-day extension ordered by a judge. The judge had cited slow mail delivery because of the coronavirus as a reason for extending the count, if ballots were postmarked by Nov. 3. But the appeals court overturned the decision and said Indiana’s noon rule still stands. The lawsuit was filed by Common Cause Indiana and the Indiana State Conference of the NAACP.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 93 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 3,447 – the highest in a single week since mid-June. The state announced more than 125,000 total confirmed cases – including three days with more than 1,000 reported cases – and more than 1.4 million Hoosiers tested.

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“Jeanette, you’re just a glutton for punishment,” my Mother would say to me when I had doggedly persisted in what she perceived as self-destructive behavior. That pronouncement came back to me as I, possibly once again in self-destructive mode, watched all eight nights of the political conventions in August. Not only were the “festivities” long, but I was compelled to stay up for the post-game commentary as well. Sometimes, like when you pass an accident on the highway, there’s no looking away. And, since these bug-eyed binges were cocktail fueled, my sleep-deprivation was compounded.

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Indiana residents must be registered to vote 29 days before each election. What do you need on Election Day? What do you need to register to vote? Can you vote if you’re homeless? We’re answering your questions submitted through the Indiana 2020 Two-Way. 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked Michigan's longstanding ban on transporting voters to the polls, ruling it conflicts with U.S. election law. District Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis in Detroit issued an injunction Thursday against enforcing the restriction in November's presidential election. A form of the prohibition has been on the books since 1895. It is a misdemeanor to hire drivers to take voters to polling places unless they physically cannot walk.

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According to the Michigan Secretary of State's office, more than 2.1 million Michigan voters had already requested absentee ballots by Tuesday, eight weeks ahead of the November 3 general election.

Indiana Forecasts 10-Fold Jump For Mail-In Voting

Aug 29, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana election officials are bracing for perhaps 10 times more mail-in ballots for this fall’s election than four years ago. The secretary of state office's projection of 1.3 million to 1.8 million mailed ballots means more than half of Indiana’s voters might choose that option rather than heading to polling sites for the Nov. 3 election amid coronavirus exposure worries. Republican state leaders continue to resist calls for allowing no-excuse mail-in voting as Indiana did for the spring primary.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 79 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 3,003. The state announced nearly 86,000 total confirmed cases – including two days with more than 1,000 reported cases – and more than 977,000 Hoosiers tested.

Michigan's Mail-In Ballot Plans

Aug 14, 2020
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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.

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Michigan’s Primary Election is playing out differently this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

There weren’t many lines of voters at the polls today - most likely because many people chose to cast absentee ballots this year due to the pandemic.

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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.

Today Is The Primary Election In Michigan

Aug 4, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s primary features a viable challenge to an incumbent congresswoman and campaigns for two U.S. House seats where a Republican and a former GOP member are retiring. Tuesday’s election, which is being marked by a surge of mail-in absentee ballots during the coronavirus pandemic, also will shape races in November for a couple of potentially competitive congressional districts that Democrats flipped in the midterm. Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones will have a one-on-one rematch after a close 2018 race.

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

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Hoosiers who vote in person for this year’s primary election will not be required to wear masks, use gloves, or observe critical social distancing guidelines.

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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.

High Participation In Michigan With Mail-In Ballots

May 6, 2020
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WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Michigan communities saw record turnout for local elections, as voters participated in largely mail-based contests that could be a blueprint for the presidential battleground in November. 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 Tuesday during the pandemic. Nearly 4,200 people in Michigan have died from coronavirus complications.

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A group dedicated to pursuing vote-by-mail for every Hoosier in every election is suing the state to help make that a reality this fall.

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Republicans on the Indiana Election Commission rejected Democrats’ attempt Friday to loosen some restrictions for the June 2 primary election.

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Indiana will hold some in-person voting opportunities for its June 2 primary election.

The state already extended vote-by-mail to any Hoosier who wants to cast a ballot that way. But Secretary of State Connie Lawson says some voters feel strongly about going to their polling place.

Still, the state is going to limit in-person voting to just one week leading up to and including Election Day on June 2.

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Monday was supposed to be the voter registration deadline for Indiana’s primary election. But COVID-19 changed all that.

Joyous greetings! Seems like a strange sentiment in these troubled times, but it also seemed odd when expressed by women in France, Germany, England and yes, the United States as they wrote letters to one another in the mid-1800’s. They communicated and offered support as they labored, sometimes from prisons, for human rights for women, enfranchisement among their issues. So again, “joyous greetings,” because thanks to them, we have the vote.

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