voters en Center for Michigan creates citizen's agenda for 2014 elections <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are plenty of issues on the minds of Michigan voters as we look to the November elections: education, college, poverty, how to spend public dollars, our economy, our quality of life.&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="">The Center for Michigan</a> has been listening to what voters are saying. The result is <a href="">Michigan Speaks: The Citizen's Agenda</a> for the 2014 election.&nbsp;</p><p>It's being released today.</p><p>Here to tell us what the voters are thinking about and hoping for is Phil Power, founder of the Center for Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 20:02:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 17494 at Center for Michigan creates citizen's agenda for 2014 elections Unmarried women voters may be crucial in the upcoming fall elections <p>As Michigan's August 5 primary and November election draw closer, there are some very tight races shaping up.</p><p>The Cook Political Report says four congressional Republicans are in tight races. Representatives Dan Benishek in the 1st, Tim Walberg in the 7th, Justin Amash in the 3rd and Kerry Bentivolio on the 11th districts are in very competitive races. Add to that the race to fill Democrat Carl Levin's Senate seat and the race for governor. All of these, according to Cook, are among the most competitive races in the country.</p><p>So who are the voters who could most influence the outcome of these races, depending upon whether they stay home or go to the polls?</p><p>For the answer we turned to Page Gardner, president of the non-profit and nonpartisan Voter Participation Center. She joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:10:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 17151 at Unmarried women voters may be crucial in the upcoming fall elections Want to vote early in Michigan? What's your excuse? <p>The presidential election is still a month away, but in many states, early voting is already underway.</p><p>Today, Ohio opened the polls to early voters.</p><p>It’s one of 34 states that have some kind of early voting system.</p><p>Michigan, however, is not one of those states.</p><p>Last week, I went to my local city hall. I was feeling good. It was my daughter’s 18<sup>th</sup> birthday. I helped her register to vote - civic pride for a dad.</p><p>After that, my mood darkened. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 13:00:48 +0000 Keith Oppenheim 9314 at Want to vote early in Michigan? What's your excuse? Legal voters refused ballots <p>UPDATE:</p><p>Reports of voters being turned away because they declined to check a box asking them to verify U.S. citizenship have been coming in from several areas of the state.</p><p>Michigan Radio first became aware of the situation when talking to Michigan Campaign Finance Network&#39;s Rich Robinson who said he was refused a ballot because he would not check the box. He refused because it is not legally required.&nbsp; Other media sources picked up on the story. (see <a href="">Free Press</a>)</p><p>Other political groups received calls from voters complaining they had been refused the right to vote after declining to check the citizenship box.</p><p>Chad Livengood with the Detroit News <a href="">reported</a>: Wed, 08 Aug 2012 01:14:25 +0000 Lester Graham 8580 at Legal voters refused ballots Michigan sued over late absentee ballots for primary <p>The federal government is suing the state of Michigan over the failure of some local governments to get absentee ballots delivered in a timely way to members of the armed forces, reports the Associated Press.<br /><br />The U.S. Justice Department asked a Grand Rapids federal judge today to order some local governments to count absentee ballots received after the Aug. 7 <a href="">primary election</a>.<br /> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 18:03:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8491 at Michigan sued over late absentee ballots for primary Michigan Dems will have 2 chances to support Obama <p>The <a href="">Michigan Democratic Party</a> is changing course and allowing Democrats to vote in the Feb. 28 presidential primary and also participate in the May caucus. The change was announced Saturday. Party Chairman Mark Brewer says there&#39;s no need to have President Barack Obama&#39;s name on the primary ballot, but the secretary of state insists it must be there under Michigan law.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 04 Feb 2012 21:21:39 +0000 Kyle Norris 6094 at Michigan Dems will have 2 chances to support Obama It's Election Day <p><span class="article-content"><span>It&#39;s Election Day. <a href=",1607,7-127-1633_11619-123989--,00.html">Voters </a>in Michigan are set to choose many new candidates for top offices.<br /> <br /> Voters are set to choose a new governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general. Voters will also choose two state Supreme Court nominees. All of Michigan&#39;s fifteen U.S. Congressional seats are also up for election, as well as seats for the state Senate and House.<br /> Tue, 02 Nov 2010 11:09:09 +0000 Zoe Clark 219 at