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With two weeks until the election, more than one and a half million Michiganders have returned their absentee ballots. That’s out of the 2.8 million people in total who have requested ballots.

You may be wondering what happens once you drop your ballot off or put it in the mail.


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Michigan election officials are bracing for some big challenges on November 3, and a final vote count may take several days.


A video shared by the Michigan GOP is being referred to the Attorney General for investigation as "election misinformation" after claims of an unlocked ballot box were debunked by the City Clerk and Secretary of State.
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The Lansing City Clerk said a video shared by the Michigan Republican Party showing an unlocked ballot box is from before absentee ballots were mailed out to the public. Both the clerk and the Secretary of State called it misinformation. 


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Clerks in Michigan cities or township of at least 25,000 people can start processing a surge of absentee ballots a day before November's presidential election under legislation signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. 

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Michigan saw its first cases of the coronavirus in March right around the time of the state’s presidential primary.

After that, election officials had five months to prepare for the state’s next major election which was the primary held earlier this month.


Some Republican are echoing President Donald Trump's claims that an increase in voting by mail will lead to fraud, others campaigning and in charge of running elections disagree.
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A record number of voters are expected to vote by mail in Tuesday’s primary but there’s a divide among Republicans in the state about the practice.

Some are taking President Donald Trump’s line that it could lead to fraud while others say Republicans need to embrace it in order to win as voters ditch the polls during the pandemic.

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The League of Women Voters of Michigan plans to challenge a decision by the state Court of Appeals.

The court ruled the Republican-controlled Legislature did not violate the state constitution when it added new restrictions to absentee voting.

That was after voters adopted an initiative in 2018 to make it easier to vote absentee.

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Former vice-president Joe Biden won Michigan’s presidential primary last night.  Some Bernie Sanders supporters in Lansing felt their full voice was not heard at the polls.

 


Maisy Nielsen

Meridian Township began preparing 60 days ago for the March 10 Michigan Primary. The clerk and a team made up of about 150 people have been working to ensure a smooth voting process for the township’s voters.

Some Republican are echoing President Donald Trump's claims that an increase in voting by mail will lead to fraud, others campaigning and in charge of running elections disagree.
washingtontimes.com

Michigan’s top election official is already advising voters that results from Tuesday’s presidential primary will likely be late.


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