voting rights http://michiganradio.org en U.S. Supreme Court voting rights decision could impact areas in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-voting-rights-decision-could-impact-areas-michigan <p>In <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-96_6k47.pdf">its decision announced this morning</a>, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday "effectively struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965," according to the New York Times.</p><p>In a 5-to-4 vote, the court said Congress is relying on outdated voting data in subjecting areas to federal oversight. More from the NYTimes:</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:35:45 +0000 Rick Pluta 13235 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Supreme Court voting rights decision could impact areas in Michigan US Supreme Court ruling not likely to change Michigan's citizenship 'affirmation' for voters http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-ruling-not-likely-change-michigans-citizenship-affirmation-voters <p>Michigan voters will probably still need to affirm their citizenship before they cast ballots. &nbsp;&nbsp;That's despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling today.</p><p></p><p>The nation’s highest court struck down an Arizona law that required individuals to prove their citizenship status when they registered to vote.</p><p></p><p>Michigan requires voters to ‘affirm’ their citizenship status, but not necessarily provide proof.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:47:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 13092 at http://michiganradio.org US Supreme Court ruling not likely to change Michigan's citizenship 'affirmation' for voters 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? Sharpton jumps into federal lawsuit, fight over emergency managers http://michiganradio.org/post/sharpton-jumps-federal-lawsuit-fight-over-emergency-managers <p>The Reverend Al Sharpton and his National Action Network are the latest activists to jump behind the fight to Michigan’s emergency manager law.</p><p>Sharpton&nbsp;was in Detroit as opponents filed a federal lawsuit today.</p><p>Critics maintain that Michigan’s emergency manager law violates both state and federal law by stripping local voting rights in cities and school districts with emergency managers.</p><p>And they also argue it’s a racial issue, with black voters disproportionately affected.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 00:48:32 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 11924 at http://michiganradio.org Sharpton jumps into federal lawsuit, fight over emergency managers Want to vote early in Michigan? What's your excuse? http://michiganradio.org/post/want-vote-early-michigan-whats-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 http://michiganradio.org Want to vote early in Michigan? What's your excuse? Stateside: Secretary of State Ruth Johnson talks 'checkbox' politics http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-secretary-state-ruth-johnson-talks-checkbox-politics <p>We are now 47 days away from the November general election.</p><p>Here in Michigan, the political races have some competition in the headlines with "the box": the box that you're supposed to tick off to declare that, yes, you are an American citizen.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 20:39:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 9171 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Secretary of State Ruth Johnson talks 'checkbox' politics Update: Voters' rights coalition sues Secretary of State over citizenship checkbox http://michiganradio.org/post/update-voters-rights-coalition-sues-secretary-state-over-citizenship-checkbox <p>As Rick Pluta reported yesterday, a coalition of voters' rights groups has filed a federal <a href="http://www.aclumich.org/sites/default/files/checkboxcomplaint.pdf">lawsuit</a> to prevent Secretary of State Ruth Johnson from including a citizenship question on Michigan's November ballots.</p><p>Kary L. Moss, executive director for the ACLU of Michigan, said in a <a href="http://www.aclumich.org/issues/voting-rights/2012-09/1761">press release </a>that Secretary Johnson was "not above the law."</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 17:27:04 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9131 at http://michiganradio.org Update: Voters' rights coalition sues Secretary of State over citizenship checkbox In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-70 <p><strong>Clearing up voter confusion</strong></p><p>"The ACLU of Michigan is trying to clear up confusion about who can vote in the upcoming November election. ACLU attorney Michael Steinberg says the Secretary of State's office created some of that confusion. Voters in Michigan are given applications that ask them to check a box stating they are U.S. citizens. Steinberg says people do not have to check that box in order to vote, although they do have to be citizens. He says people can also vote if they don't have a driver's license or other state-issued photo identification. The ACLU has a voters' rights card on its website that people can print off and take with them to the polls. The website also helps students figure out how to register and where they should vote," Tracy Samilton reports.</p><p><strong>Donation of prescription drugs</strong></p><blockquote><p>"The Michigan Senate plans a hearing on House-backed legislation that would allow collection and redistribution of prescription medication. The Senate Health Policy Committee has scheduled a hearing for Thursday to discuss the measures that would allow medical facilities to donate unused drugs for distribution to needy patients. The bills also would require that drugs donated to pharmacies participating in the redistribution program have never left medical facilities or oversight to ensure safety. The legislation also would require participating pharmacies to become disposal sites for excess drugs. Most other states have enacted similar laws," the AP reports.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Legislation moves forward to require American flags and the pledge in all public school classrooms</strong></p><p>The Michigan House has passes legislation to require all public school classrooms to have an American flag displayed and allow students an opportunity to recite the pledge of allegiance. The House Fiscal Agency says 43 other states already require recitation of the pledge.<br> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:59:58 +0000 Emily Fox 9063 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Reports of confusion, frustration over voter ID law after Tuesday primary http://michiganradio.org/post/reports-confusion-frustration-over-voter-id-law-after-tuesday-primary <p>Some Michigan voters were <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120807/NEWS15/120807087/citizenship-michigan-ballot">wrongly turned away from the polls last Tuesday</a> after refusing to affirm their US citizenship.</p><p>But some other voters&mdash;and an elections watchdog group&mdash;say they also encountered problems with misguided enforcement of the state&rsquo;s voter ID law.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 23:02:11 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8642 at http://michiganradio.org Citizenship question easiest one to answer when I vote http://michiganradio.org/post/citizenship-question-easiest-one-answer-when-i-vote <p>When I voted on Tuesday, there were several things I needed to know.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 12:42:50 +0000 Charles Brown 8624 at http://michiganradio.org Citizenship question easiest one to answer when I vote On Memorial Day in Detroit, a "funeral for democracy" http://michiganradio.org/post/memorial-day-detroit-funeral-democracy <p>Some voting rights advocates say Michigan&rsquo;s emergency manager law represents &ldquo;the death of democracy&rdquo; in the state.</p><p>So they symbolically laid democracy to rest at mock a funeral service in Detroit Monday.</p><p>The &ldquo;funeral&rdquo; included music and eulogies of sorts--all delivered from behind an American flag-draped coffin. A real hearse waited outside to take the coffin away.</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 19:45:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7646 at http://michiganradio.org On Memorial Day in Detroit, a "funeral for democracy"