elections http://michiganradio.org en MSU research finds a candidate's weight can affect election chances http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-research-finds-candidates-weight-can-affect-election-chances <p></p><p>Does a political candidate's weight affect his or her chances of getting elected? Or even getting on the ballot in the first place?</p><p>New research by a Michigan State University professor and his wife, a Hope College professor, indicate the answer is “yes.”</p><p>Mark Roehling is a human resources professor at MSU and he joined us today.</p><p><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 22:18:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 17696 at http://michiganradio.org MSU research finds a candidate's weight can affect election chances Detroiters edge out New York voters in mayoral election turnout http://michiganradio.org/post/detroiters-edge-out-new-york-voters-mayoral-election-turnout <p>A higher number of Detroiters voted in Tuesday’s mayoral election than their New York City counterparts, according to research from <a href="http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/infographic-nobody-votes-for-mayor-anymore">Next City</a>.</p><p>25.4% of Detroit’s registered voters filled out a ballot on Tuesday, with Democrat Mike Duggan winning the election. In New York City, 24% of voters showed up to the polls. Democrat Bill De Blasio is now NYC’s mayor-elect.</p><p>As Michigan Radio's <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/voter-turnout-tops-expectations-detroit">Sarah Cwiek&nbsp;reported</a>, the turnout in Detroit was higher than anticipated. "<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Detroit city clerk Janice Winfrey had projected that less than 25% of voters would participate."</span></p><p>While Detroit voters edged out New Yorkers Tuesday, Next City reports that the two cities were somewhere in the middle of the pack in terms of major city election turnouts:</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 18:22:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15194 at http://michiganradio.org Detroiters edge out New York voters in mayoral election turnout The "dark money" that elected Michigan's Supreme Court http://michiganradio.org/post/dark-money-elected-michigans-supreme-court <p><br />"The 2012 Supreme Court campaign was the most&nbsp;expensive and least transparent in history."</p><p></p><p>Yikes.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>That's the unflattering takeaway from a new report from a consortium of groups like the Brennan Center for Justice and the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Of the $19 million dollars poured into the state's Supreme Court races, $13 million went to ads like the&nbsp;following.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:35:50 +0000 Kate Wells 15004 at http://michiganradio.org The "dark money" that elected Michigan's Supreme Court In this morning's news: Election results and a state of disaster in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-election-results-and-state-disaster-michigan <p><strong>Michigan's local election results</strong></p><ul><li>Democratic State Representative Jim Ananich won the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/ananich-wins-27th-state-senate-seat">open state senate seat in Genesee county</a>. He defeated Republican Robert Daunt by picking up 75 percent of the vote.</li></ul><ul><li>Dane Slater was re-elected <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/troy-mayor-wins-re-election-after-bitter-campaign">Mayor of Troy</a>. He was appointed after former Mayor Janice Daniels was recalled. Slater defeated primary opponent Marty Knollenberg.</li></ul><ul><li>Citizens in <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/second-take-benton-harbor-voters-approve-vital-operating-millages">Benton Harbor</a> voted overwhelmingly&nbsp;to raise property taxes to support city services. The city is running in the red. The millage represents about 20 percent of the city’s income.</li></ul><p><strong>State of disaster declared in Michigan</strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder has <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-declares-flood-related-emergency-19-counties">declared a state of disaster</a> across much of Michigan due to storm- and flood-related damage last month. The proclamation makes state resources available to help the weather-stricken areas. The disaster proclamation covers the cities of Grand Rapids and Ionia in west Michigan, and 19 counties in the western Upper Peninsula, northern lower Michigan and southwest Michigan," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p> Wed, 08 May 2013 11:39:37 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12467 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Election results and a state of disaster in Michigan Did you know today is election day? http://michiganradio.org/post/did-you-know-today-election-day <p>No?</p><p>Well, dozens of Michigan counties and townships are holding special elections today.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most are focused on public school district proposals. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.</span></p><p>Here are some election highlights: Tue, 07 May 2013 15:44:21 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12444 at http://michiganradio.org Did you know today is election day? Do too many voters sit on the sidelines on Election Day? http://michiganradio.org/post/do-too-many-voters-sit-sidelines-election-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A couple of recent columns in Bridge Magazine caught our eye and we wanted to bring the writers together to share their thoughts with you.</span></p><p>The subject: exercising our right to vote.</p><p>From coast-to-coast, too many Americans sit on the sidelines when it comes to Election Day.<br><br>And, looking at the City of Detroit, with its state-appointed emergency manager running things, Detroiter Karen Dumas believes that Detroiters have paid a price for what she calls a "lack of diligence."</p><p>She spelled out her thoughts in a recent Bridge column.</p><p>And Bridge staff writer Nancy Derringer reports on a group in Detroit trying to "make voting cool," especially among the young people who are starting to move into the city.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 17:47:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 12347 at http://michiganradio.org Do too many voters sit on the sidelines on Election Day? State House Republicans say they’ll go forward with plan to split electoral votes http://michiganradio.org/post/state-house-republicans-say-they-ll-go-forward-plan-split-electoral-votes <p>State House Republican leaders say they have no plans to scrap discussions about splitting Michigan’s Electoral College votes between congressional districts.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Both Governor Rick Snyder and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville have said they’re not on board with the idea. Snyder says it would be better to consider changes closer to the next census, when congressional lines are re-drawn.</p><p>But House Speaker Jase Bolger said there’s no reason to wait that long.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:46:01 +0000 Jake Neher 11028 at http://michiganradio.org State House Republicans say they’ll go forward with plan to split electoral votes State leaders question plan to divide Michigan’s electoral votes http://michiganradio.org/post/state-leaders-question-plan-divide-michigan-s-electoral-votes <p>Two top Republicans in Lansing say they’re not on board with a plan to split Michigan’s Electoral College votes.</p><p>Lawmakers have been expecting a bill that would divide the state’s electoral votes by congressional district.</p><p>State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said that would make the state less important in presidential elections.</p><p>“At this point in time, I’m still sticking to my guns. I think the bigger package of votes for the winner brings more attention to the state and keeps us united. So I haven’t been convinced otherwise yet,” Richardville said.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 22:34:30 +0000 Jake Neher 11000 at http://michiganradio.org State leaders question plan to divide Michigan’s electoral votes Kalamazoo reporter wants American election stories...and some gas money http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-reporter-wants-american-election-storiesand-some-gas-money <p>Living in a swing state like Michigan means you&#39;re probably already tired of non-stop elections coverage, sound bites and negative ads.</p><p></p><div><p>Now, a Kalamazoo freelance reporter wants to offer an alternative...he just needs some help paying for it.</p><p></p><p>Chris Killian says he&#39;ll take a months-long road trip through 11 swing states, getting stories from average people about their politics and their hopes for the country&#39;s future.</p><p></p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 13:08:47 +0000 Kate Wells 8393 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo reporter wants American election stories...and some gas money Commentary: Absentees for All http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-absentees-all <p>The other day, I told my significant other she should plan to be out of town on election day. &ldquo;Was it something I said?&quot; she asked. Well, no. It&rsquo;s the way election law works in Michigan. We may all face a ballot that is as long as the proverbial bed sheet.</p><p>Not only are there a vast number of candidates and races, we could be asked to decide on four, eight, possibly 11 different complicated ballot proposals. Do you know what would happen if every voter stayed in the booth till she or he managed to figure all this out? We&rsquo;d all still be in line in four years.</p><p>Naturally, nobody does that. So people either skip the proposals or take uninformed guesses. In the case of judicial candidates, too many of us go for familiar or judicial-sounding names, which is why there are a lot of judges named Kelly.</p><p>We also, oddly enough, elect trustees of our three biggest universities, and what&rsquo;s even more bizarre, elect them on a partisan basis. Since almost nobody has ever heard of any of these folks, the winners tend to be of the party that wins the top of the ticket.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7937 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Absentees for All Michigan AG says investigation into McCotter petitions coming http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-ag-says-investigation-mccotter-petitions-coming <p>A formal investigation into possible election fraud by a congressional campaign will wait until after a state board meets next week.</p><p>The Board of State Canvassers is expected to formally reject petitions filed by Congressman Thaddeus McCotter&rsquo;s re-election campaign. The petitions can then be turned over to the state Attorney General&#39;s office.</p><p>Attorney General Bill Schuette says the delay has not stopped his office from communicating with elections officials on the case.<br /><br />&quot;So it appears there is a problem, but we&rsquo;ve not received anything officially yet from the Secretary of State&rsquo;s office, and when we do, we&rsquo;ll review it in a thorough fashion,&quot; said Schuette.</p><p>The Secretary of State&rsquo;s office says it appears hundreds of signatures on McCotter&rsquo;s nominating petitions were faked.</p><p>Schuette said it&#39;s a textbook example of how not to collect signatures.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s kind of elementary. When you run for class president, you gotta get the signatures to have the election, and it appears there&rsquo;s a huge problem here,&quot; said Schuette.</p><p>McCotter has acknowledged problems with his petitions and says he plans to run as a write-in candidate on the Republican primary ballot in August. Wed, 30 May 2012 21:55:51 +0000 Rick Pluta 7684 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan AG says investigation into McCotter petitions coming Flint election officials are searching for new places for people to vote in November http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-election-officials-are-searching-new-places-people-vote-november <p>Elections officials are scrambling to find eight new locations where Flint residents can vote in November&rsquo;s election.&nbsp;</p><p>The city&rsquo;s five dozen voting precincts are located in 35 buildings around Flint.</p><p>But, the U.S. Justice Department says 4 churches used as polling places don&rsquo;t meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And, the Flint School District is also closing 4 schools this summer that have been used as polling places.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to go ahead and close them and try to locate alternate sites, which is hard to do in a community such as Flint which is an older urban area,&quot; says Inez M. Brown, the Flint City Clerk.&nbsp;</p><p>Brown says six of the eight polling places are located on Flint&rsquo;s north side, which may make it more difficult to find enough appropriate locations.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 22 May 2012 02:50:16 +0000 Steve Carmody 7556 at http://michiganradio.org Flint election officials are searching for new places for people to vote in November Michigan House debates proposed election law changes http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-house-debates-proposed-election-law-changes <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Lawmakers in the Michigan House are debating proposed election law changes, including one that would require a voter to present a photo ID when applying for an absentee ballot in person.</p><p>The bills have passed the Republican-led Senate but Democrats object to some provisions. Democrats and a representative of the League of Women Voters told the House Redistricting and Elections Committee on Tuesday the proposals would create a barrier to voting for some residents, such as those who don&#39;t have driver&#39;s licenses.</p><p>Absentee voters could sign affidavits saying they don&#39;t have the ID and still pick up ballots, but those ballots could be challenged.</p><p>Another bill would require a photo ID or a birth certificate when registering to vote.</p><p>Supporters of the proposals say the requirements would protect against fraud. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:56:57 +0000 The Associated Press 7068 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan House debates proposed election law changes Michigan legislature may tighten rules for ballot question petitions http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-legislature-may-tighten-rules-ballot-question-petitions <p>People who want to put a question on the ballot could soon have to get their petitions pre-approved by a government panel before they could gather signatures. That&rsquo;s under a measure that cleared the state House today&nbsp;on a party-line vote.</p><p>The measure could force current petition drives to get state approval and then start over. The petition drives would guarantee union organizing rights, require disclosure of businesses&rsquo; political spending, and boost renewable energy requirements on utilities.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:47:23 +0000 Rick Pluta 6643 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan legislature may tighten rules for ballot question petitions Drawing district lines for a changed Detroit City Council http://michiganradio.org/post/drawing-district-lines-changed-detroit-city-council <p>Detroit officials are fast-tracking a process to<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120123/METRO01/201230381/Proposed-Detroit-City-Council-districts-unveiled?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE"> change the way Council members represent the city.</a></p><p>Detroit voters approved a plan in November to elect seven of nine City Council members by district, when they approved a new city charter. Currently, all nine members represent the city at-large.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:57:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5908 at http://michiganradio.org Drawing district lines for a changed Detroit City Council Election Day http://michiganradio.org/post/election-day <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4">My guess is that if you are listening to this on the radio, you haven&rsquo;t bothered to vote today. That&rsquo;s a guess, but an educated one. Based on recent history, fewer than one-fifth of those eligible will bother to vote today - and that is too bad for a whole lot of reasons.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Whatever your politics, whether left or right or somewhere in the middle, we ought to be able to agree on this much: Politicians often behave badly when they think voters aren&rsquo;t paying attention. If you&rsquo;ve been following Wayne County, you may know what I mean.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">How could a county give large &ldquo;severance payments&ldquo; to workers going from one government job to another? Simple. Somebody clearly thought nobody would notice.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Thanks to some diligent reporters, we finally did.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">But not very many of us have taken notice of this year&rsquo;s election - even though polls show that very few of us are satisfied with the way things are going. That&rsquo;s partly because this is what&rsquo;s called an off-off year election, one held in an odd-numbered year.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">This election isn&rsquo;t seen as very sexy. There&rsquo;s no vote for president, or governor, or congress. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean it isn&rsquo;t important. As old Tip O&rsquo;Neill used to say, &ldquo;All Politics is Local.&rdquo;</font></font> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 15:21:36 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4874 at http://michiganradio.org Election Day Michigan Secretary of State outlines new election proposals http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-secretary-state-outlines-new-election-proposals <p>Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said Michigan should allow anyone to vote by absentee ballot without having to give a reason why they cannot make it to a polling place on Election Day.</p><p>It&rsquo;s one of several election proposals she outlined today.</p><p>They also include cleaning voter rolls of dead people, those who have moved, and non-citizens.&nbsp;</p><p>Johnson said people should be allowed to cast absentee ballots without giving a reason why they cannot show up at a polling place on Election Day.</p><p>She said people who vote absentee would face the same identity requirements as people who cast ballots on Election Day.</p><p><em>&quot;We need the same level of security in our elections whether it&#39;s absentee or it&#39;s people who come to vote at the polls. Michigan is a state where you must show an ID, a photo ID, or sign an affidavit of identity. We would require the same standard for the no-reason absentee,&quot; said Johnson.</em></p><p>Chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party Mark Brewer says the Republican&rsquo;s election plans provide less ballot access than what&rsquo;s being done in other states.</p><p>&nbsp;<em>&quot;Many other states, including those run by Republicans, on a bipartisan basis are adopting reforms like early voting. They&rsquo;re letting people register to vote on Election Day. All these are designed to make and have made it much easier for people to vote,&quot; said Brewer.</em></p><p>Brewer also said voting by non-citizens is not a big problem because they would risk deportation.</p><p>He said the effort to stop non-citizens from voting plays to racial fears.</p><p>Johnson does not favor early voting or Election Day voter registration as methods to spur more voter participation.</p><p>She has called for a federal law to give her office access to immigration and Social Security records that would help clear non-citizens off the state&rsquo;s voter list.</p><p>She said going forward the state will also require people to promise they are U.S. citizens before they can vote. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 20:41:43 +0000 Rick Pluta 4567 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Secretary of State outlines new election proposals Next Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in August primary http://michiganradio.org/post/next-tuesday-last-day-register-vote-august-primary <p>Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says July 5 is the deadline to register to vote in Michigan primary elections Aug. 2.</p><p>Cities, townships and school districts are holding votes in August.</p><p>Voter registration can be done by mail, at county, city or township clerk&#39;s offices or by visiting any secretary of state branch office. The mail-in form is available on the Department of State&#39;s website at <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/sos">www.Michigan.gov/sos</a>.</p><p>Residents can check their registration status on the Michigan Voter Information Center website at www.Michigan.gov/vote. That site also has information on voting by absentee ballot and the state&#39;s voter identification requirement, along with maps to polling place and sample ballots.</p><p>Those who wish to receive their absentee ballot by mail must submit their application by 2 p.m. July 30. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 14:21:45 +0000 The Associated Press 3046 at http://michiganradio.org Next Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in August primary Election of President Obama changed perceptions of racism http://michiganradio.org/post/election-president-obama-changed-perceptions-racism <p>The election of President Obama in 2008 made some believe racism in the United States had declined. That&#39;s according to<a href="http://poq.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/05/04/poq.nfr010.abstract"> a study</a> from the University of Michigan. It measured perceptions of racism amongst Americans before the 2008 election and again in 2010.</p><p>Nicholas Valentino is a professor with U of M. He says it&rsquo;s difficult to know how perceptions about racism are formed. But he thinks it might have to do with obstacles different racial groups face:</p> Fri, 27 May 2011 20:12:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2674 at http://michiganradio.org Election of President Obama changed perceptions of racism Former U.S. House of Representatives candidate sues Facebook for deactivating account http://michiganradio.org/post/former-us-house-representatives-candidate-sues-facebook-deactivating-account <p>A former U.S. House of Representatives candidate is suing Facebook.</p><p>Majed Moughni&nbsp; is a lawyer from Dearborn. He ran during the Republican primaries for the U.S. House of Representatives seat held by John Dingell in 2010. His campaign strategy involved using his personal Facebook page to gain as many friends as possible across the voting district. But Facebook shut down his account in June before the August primaries for sending too many friend requests. Moughni says this also shut down his campaign.</p><p>Now he&rsquo;s suing Facebook, but he&rsquo;s not asking for money. He wants the social media company to stop using an automatic system to delete accounts and to restore his personal page. He says there should a way for Facebook users to appeal account deactivation:</p><blockquote><p><em>&ldquo;We think a multi-billion dollar corporation should at least have a live person that you can communicate with, a call-in center, that you can, you know, at least file a petition if your account was wrong deactivated &ndash; you should be able to get some recourse.&rdquo;</em></p></blockquote><p>Moughni said uprisings in Egypt and Libya prove how important Facebook is. But in his next campaign, he will use more than just Facebook.</p><p>UPDATED: According to the <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110224/METRO/102240372/Paper-Chase--Suit-blames-Facebook-for-election-loss">DetNews.com</a>, a spokesman for Facebook said the account was disabled by an automated system that &quot;is designed to prevent spammers and fakes from harassing our users and polluting the ecosystem.&quot; He also said that the &quot;system always warns a user when they are nearing thresholds that will have features blocked or their account disabled. These warnings come as a pop-up that must be clicked through.&quot;</p><p>-Bridget Bodnar, <em>Michigan Radio News</em> Wed, 09 Mar 2011 21:12:52 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1570 at http://michiganradio.org Former U.S. House of Representatives candidate sues Facebook for deactivating account