absentee ballots

MADISON, WI (AP)--   The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court has ordered no absentee ballots to be mailed until it gives the go-ahead or makes any future ruling about who should be on the ballot in the battleground state. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A legislative leader says a bill that would let Michigan clerks start processing absentee ballots the day before Election Day isn't dead.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey told The Associated Press that the August primary proved the legitimacy of some concerns that officials won't be able to quickly handle a surge of mailed-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   Across Michigan local clerks are preparing for the challenges of November’s general election.

The COVID-19 pandemic is driving a sharp rise in absentee voting and concerns for the health of people who will be manning the polls on Election Day.

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope is the president of the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks. He says the August primary helped prepare them for the challenges ahead.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   A federal judge questioned whether it would be right to order an easing of Wisconsin’s absentee voting regulations ahead of the November presidential election.

Democrats and allied groups sued ahead of the state's April election demanding that Judge William Conley ease absentee voting requirements as the pandemic began. The U.S. Supreme Court blocked them but the groups renewed their requests for November.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson expects results for the August primary and November’s general election will be delayed because so many voters are casting ballots.   

Still, Benson says state election workers are ready for next week's primary election.

She concedes all those absentee ballots will take time to count.

“All data would suggest that we’re talking about at least one or two days before we get results in most races in our August primary,” she says.

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(UNDATED) -- Requests for absentee ballots have increased by 350 percent compared to the same time ahead of the 2016 state primary, according to data from the Michigan Department of State.

Voters overwhelmingly approved a change to the state constitution in 2018 to expand voting access in multiple ways, including allowing all voters to vote absentee without providing a reason.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson ensured that all of the state’s 7.7 million registered voters were mailed an application and instructions to safely vote from home.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   A conservative law firm is asking the Wisconsin Elections Commission to outlaw in the state the process by which outside groups help to send or return large numbers of absentee ballots.

The request Monday by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty to ban ballot harvesting in the battleground state is a precursor to a possible lawsuit in the ongoing fight over the push to increase mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan has spent $4.5 million to mail absentee ballot applications to all 7.7 million registered voters ahead of the August primary and November general election. 

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, said Tuesday the cost will be covered by federal coronavirus relief funding.

Michigan saw record turnout for May local elections when the state sent absentee ballot applications to all voters in affected jurisdictions without first being asked to do so.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election officials and political party leaders are pushing people to vote in next month's presidential primary via absentee ballot in hopes of slowing spread of the new coronavirus. No one is talking about postponing the election but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday issued new recommendations to limit public gatherings, raising questions about safety at the polls. The Wisconsin Elections Commission is urging voters to cast absentee ballots and reminding them the deadline for registering by mail or online is Wednesday.

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is reminding voters who have already voted absentee for a candidate that has since dropped out of the race that they can cast a new ballot. 

Following South Carolina’s primary several presidential candidates, including Pete Buttiegieg, Tom Steyer, and Amy Klobachar, have withdrawn from the race.

Jake Rollow is with the Secretary of State's Office.