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From Michigan

Michigan officials faced violent threats well before U.S. Capitol siege

By Madeline Halpert, Bridge Michigan
Jan 7, 2021
Some officials say they wonder if the heated political rhetoric and violent insurgent actions will deter qualified candidates from wanting to work as public servants.
From North Carolina

Despite Their Situation, Some NC Homeless Residents Voted So Their Voices Could Be Heard

By Coleen Harry, WFAE 90.7
Jan 7, 2021
How many homeless people vote is difficult to determine. The State Board of Elections doesn’t track the demographic. But, the number of homeless people who can vote is significant.
From Wisconsin

Wisconsin caucuses pose thorny safety issues during pandemic

By Anya van Wagtendonk, Wisconsin Watch
Jan 7, 2021
Some Wisconsin communities require residents to choose local candidates at in-person caucuses. Does this violate disability and voting rights?
From Michigan

Michigan Republicans who pushed false fraud claims: Don’t blame us for riots

By Madeline Halpert, Bridge Michigan
Jan 6, 2021
A year of violence, much of which was rooted in Michigan, erupts in mayhem in Washington. While all sides condemn the violence, Democrats say Republicans fueled flames for months and Black activists were treated far differently for civil rights protests.
From Georgia

Georgia’s Senate elections elicit claims of pervasive irregularities but no proof

By Christopher Alston, WABE
Jan 6, 2021
With national attention on Georgia for the Senate runoffs, there has been a new round of claims that Georgia’s election system is wrought with fraud. Many of those claims have come from President Donald Trump.
From Pennsylvania

Republican leaders in Pa. Senate ask Congress to delay Electoral College count

By Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA
Jan 6, 2020
President Pro Tempore Jake Corman and Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward said certain “inconsistencies” with how the election was run in Pennsylvania still need to be investigated.
From Michigan

It’s Trump’s last stand at Electoral College count. All eyes are on Michigan

By Madeline Halpert, Bridge Michigan
Jan 6, 2021
High drama is expected in Washington on Wednesday, as 140 Republicans, including three from Michigan, try to deny Joe Biden the presidency and keep Donald Trump in office. Spoiler alert: They will fail.
From California

This activist says voting is just one tool to improve Black lives

By Michael Lozano, CalMatters
Jan 5, 2021
Helen Jones knows her work to improve Black lives is a long term project. She firmly believes that voting is one way to ensure change.
From New Jersey

Pushing paper ballots for NJ elections

By Genesis Obando, NJ Spotlight News
Jan 5, 2021
Advocates have been arguing for years that paper ballots are the only way to ensure fair, honest elections in NJ and the rest of the country
From Georgia

Trump encourages voting to combat ‘Democrat fraud’ on election eve in Georgia

By Emma Hurt and Christopher Alston, WABE
Jan 5, 2021
Speaking to thousands of people at an airport in Dalton, Ga., the night before Georgia’s high stakes Senate runoffs, President Donald Trump kept the conversation largely focused on the election he lost in November. “There’s no way we lost the election,” he said right off the bat. President-elect Joe Biden won Georgia
From Pennsylvania

Election officials want a say in Pa.’s voting reforms, but politics may get in the way

By Marie Albiges, Spotlight PA
Jan 5, 2021
As two GOP lawmakers push to abolish mail voting, county election officials say the state should keep and improve the new system.
From North Carolina

North Carolina Republicans Split On Congress’s Certification Of 2020 Election

By Michael Falero and Steve Harrison, WFAE
Jan 4, 2021
The U.S. House and Senate are scheduled to meet Wednesday to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. It will be a test for North Carolina Republicans, some of whom plan to contest the election and vote no.
From Michigan

Experts explain the most common Michigan voter issues on Election Day

By Bisma Parvez, Bridge Detroit
Jan 4, 2021
Voters asked about photo identification, same-day registration, and if previously incarcerated people are eligible to vote.
From Michigan

Michigan election costs rise with absentee ballots. Will GOP foot the bill?

By Madeline Halpert, Bridge Michigan
Jan 4, 2021
November’s election was the most expensive in history, and nonprofit grants helped ensure a smooth process. But such funding isn’t guaranteed and the Legislature is dubious about increasing budgets.
From Georgia

In spite of Republican mistrust, signature verification in Georgia continues—for now

By Christopher Alston, WABE
Jan 2, 2021
As in-person early voting for Georgia’s two fiercely contested Senate seats concludes, counties are working to process as many absentee ballots as they can ahead of Tuesday, when the votes can officially be added up.