Election 2020

Local, state and national election coverage from WKAR.

WKAR News coverage includes:

Senate Leader: Absentee Ballot Processing Bill Still Alive

Sep 9, 2020
State Sen. Mike Shirkey (R) Clarklake

A bill that would allow Michigan clerks to start processing absentee ballots before Election Day is not dead, and the August primary legitimized concerns that some officials will not be able to quickly handle a surge of mailed-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic, a legislative leader said.

Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson say people should expect later results once ballots are cast on Election Day – but there are things the Legislature can do to speed up the process and ensure every ballot is counted.

Chris Swope with primary election ballots
File Photo

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

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Ex-Michigan Gov. Snyder Is Latest Republican To Back Biden

Sep 3, 2020
Governor Rick Snyder
State of Michigan

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder backed Joe Biden for president on Thursday, becoming the latest high-profile Republican to support the Democratic nominee over President Donald Trump.

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Michigan’s Republicans and Democrats finalized their November tickets this past weekend with party conventions.

Youtube / Homeland Security Committee Events

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson testified remotely Friday before a congressional committee. The topic was ensuring the November elections are handled safely and securely.    

The Republican National Convention

Aug. 24-27 at 8 p.m. on WKAR-HD 23.1 & 9 p.m. on 105.1 FM | Live coverage of the 2020 Republican National Convention.

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Scott Pohl WKAR

A Michigan Court of Claims judge has ruled Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson was allowed to send every voter in the state an application to vote absentee instead of in-person. The judge rejected a legal challenge that said Benson, a Democrat, acted outside her authority as the state’s top elections official.

Carol Siemon
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Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon says she will not accept endorsements or contributions to her campaign for reelection from police unions.