Sarah Lehr

Politics and Civics Reporter

Sarah Lehr is a politics and civics reporter for WKAR News.

Sarah joined WKAR in June of 2021 after covering local government as a city watchdog reporter for the Lansing State Journal.  She started her career at the Youngstown Vindicator, a daily newspaper in northeast Ohio.

Sarah is a graduate of Kenyon College, where she served as editor in chief of the student newspaper.

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An absentee ballot dropbox at the Lansing south Washington voting location
Abigail Censky/ WKAR

Lansing’s election unit will be open this weekend with expanded hours for people who want to vote early.

I voted stickers
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Updated July 28, 4 p.m. ET

The Lansing City Council may pull a question from November’s ballot asking voters whether they want to change local elections to a new system.

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With less than a week before the Aug. 3 election, incumbent Mayor Andy Schor has taken in nearly $290,000, outraising the other candidates for Lansing mayor by more than eight to one.

And in the race for Jackson mayor, City Council Member Laura Dwyer Schlecte is ahead of three other challengers with $9,572 donated to her campaign coffers.

Front of Lansing city hall

The Lansing City Council is setting aside $300,000 for a racial justice plan after a divided vote this week.

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The game of musical chairs on the East Lansing City Council continues with seven candidates running for three seats in the Nov. 2 election.

police car
Courtesy / East Lansing Police Dept.

The East Lansing City Council wants prosecutors to be more discerning when charging people with disorderly conduct.

Council members adopted a resolution in July dealing with instances when police recommend the charge to prosecutors.

A "Vote Here" sign

Four candidates are competing in Jackson's Aug. 3 primary to become the city's next mayor. 

WKAR's Sophia Saliby spoke with politics reporter Sarah Lehr about the race's biggest issues and what to expect leading up to the general election Nov. 2.

City of Lansing Ballot Drop-Box
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Greater Lansing voters are weighing in on a host of tax issues on the August 3 ballot. Here’s what you should know.

States are beginning to plan to pivot to conduct largely vote by mail elections during the coronavirus pandemic. In Michigan, two to three million voters are expected to vote from home.

Voters in Lansing are choosing among a crowded field of city council candidates on their Aug. 3 primary ballot.

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, speaks at a town hall in 2019
Alec Gerstenberger for WKAR

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) is asking for a private brefing from the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the agency's handling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case.