Chris Swope

Chris Swope with primary election ballots
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Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope is in Georgia this week to help the state conduct a hand tally of nearly 5 million ballots. 


Front of Lansing city hall

A conservative political organization is suing the cities of Lansing and Flint over the use of grant money for election operations.

Chris Swope with primary election ballots
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Elections officials in the Lansing area report that they are mailing out a record number of absentee ballots this year. That’s as early voting by absentee ballot begins today in Michigan.

Chris Swope with primary election ballots
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The city of Lansing has received a grant of more than $440,000 for election-related upgrades.

Chris Swope with primary election ballots
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Michigan’s presidential primary is on March 10th, but elections officials are gearing up for early voting.

WKAR Special Report: Marijuana in Michigan
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The City of Lansing has finished the first phase of the review and appeal process for medical marijuana provisioning centers approving 20 for operation and denying 65 others. 


Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope said it was a long and painstaking process. 


“We learned a lot so we’re hoping to do it better with phase two with the next five licenses,” said Swope. 


While deciding which applications to approve and which to deny, Swope said he focused on the economic costs and benefits to the city.


An absentee ballot dropbox at the south Washington voting location in Lansing.
Abigail Censky, WKAR

School millages are on ballots Tuesday in Mid Michigan, but voters will also serve another purpose besides casting their votes.

For many local municipalities Tuesday’s elections are a chance for clerks and election workers to practice in advance of the 2020 presidential election.

Editor's note - we originally incorrectly reported the businesses approved committed hiring close to 15,000 workers. The correct number is close to 1,500 workers.

The city of Lansing conditionally approved licenses for 10 medical marijuana facilities Tuesday.

After both medical and recreational marijuana were legalized this year's crop of Lansing city council candidates are tasked with taking a position on the future of marijuana in the city.
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A Referendum Petition aiming to stop Lansing’s Medical Marijuana Ordinance has been determined invalid. WKAR’s Karel Vega reports.

Medical Marijuana License Applications in Lansing Available Starting Friday

Oct 6, 2017
Medical marijuana photo
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If you plan to operate a Medical Marijuana business in Lansing, the city now has applications available online for you to fill out.