Detroit Elections http://michiganradio.org en Detroit clerk, Michigan Democrats debut online absentee ballot application http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-clerk-michigan-democrats-debut-online-absentee-ballot-application <p>Detroit voters will now be able to access, sign and submit absentee ballot applications on their smartphones.</p><p>Detroit city clerk Janice Winfrey and Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2014/07/democrats_partner_with_detroit.html">announced the new initiative Wednesday.</a></p><p>Winfrey said it’s simply a matter of meeting voters where they tend to be these days—online.</p><p>“So why not? Why not be able to use their smartphone to request an absentee ballot?” Winfrey asked.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:22:13 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18412 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit clerk, Michigan Democrats debut online absentee ballot application Questions raised about Detroit city clerk's office after Conyers petitions snafu http://michiganradio.org/post/questions-raised-about-detroit-city-clerks-office-after-conyers-petitions-snafu <p>Long-time Detroit Congressman John Conyers’ trouble with ballot petitions is raising some serious questions about the Detroit City Clerk’s office.</p><p>Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett announced last week that <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140502/POLITICS03/305020094">Conyers does not appear to have enough valid signatures to make the primary ballo</a>t.</p><p>That’s because two of his petition circulators registered to vote just last month. In Michigan, state law mandates that circulators be registered to vote at the time they gather signatures.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 22:47:44 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17485 at http://michiganradio.org Questions raised about Detroit city clerk's office after Conyers petitions snafu A fresh face on Detroit City Council http://michiganradio.org/post/fresh-face-detroit-city-council <p></p><p>Raquel Castaneda-Lopez is the newest member to the Detroit &nbsp;City Council<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;representing District 6 in Southwest Detroit,​ which includes the largest concentration of Hispanic voters in the city.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Lopez gained political experience running state Rep.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rashida</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tlaib’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;campaign in 2008. She has worked with non-profit groups for years with a focus on youth programs in disadvantaged communities.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lopez says she want to keep the focus on the needs of her constituents - safety&nbsp;and access to city services for example.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:36:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15273 at http://michiganradio.org A fresh face on Detroit City Council Federal election monitoring in Detroit, Hamtramck and Flint http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-election-monitoring-detroit-hamtramck-and-flint <p></p><p>It's Election Day, and federal election monitors are keeping an eye on voting in Detroit, Hamtramck and Flint.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Department of Justice wants to ensure those cities comply with the Voting Rights Act.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joining us to talk about the monitoring is&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(36, 36, 36); line-height: 16px;">Executive Assistant United States Attorney,&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(36, 36, 36); line-height: 16px;">Stephanie Dawkins Davis.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(36, 36, 36); line-height: 16px;">"</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is an effort to protect the integrity of the process. It isn’t that there has been any specific concern or that there has been any wrong doing in any of these jurisdictions. The U.S. government would like to protect the integrity of the process," Davis said.</span></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:10:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15137 at http://michiganradio.org Federal election monitoring in Detroit, Hamtramck and Flint Detroit primary finally certified; now for the recount http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-primary-finally-certified-now-recount <p>The Michigan board of state canvassers has <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130903/METRO01/309030051/Detroit-s-mayoral-primary-certified-decertification-recount-efforts-begin?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">declared Mike Duggan the winner</a> of Detroit’s mayoral primary.</p><p>The Wayne County Board of Canvassers had Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon winning the race. But they declined to certify the election, passing it up to the state.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 00:14:19 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14251 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit primary finally certified; now for the recount State elections department will review some ballots for Detroit mayor http://michiganradio.org/post/state-elections-department-will-review-some-ballots-detroit-mayor <p>State elections officials will <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2013/08/state_bureau_of_elections_prep.html">re-tabulate some of the votes cast in Detroit’s mayoral primary.</a></p><p>But they won’t throw out thousands of write-in votes because of how election workers marked them.</p><p>That’s good news for candidate Mike Duggan, who according to unofficial results was the top vote-getter in the August 6<sup>th</sup> primary.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:47:39 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14166 at http://michiganradio.org State elections department will review some ballots for Detroit mayor Low voter turnout is expected in Detroit today http://michiganradio.org/post/low-voter-turnout-expected-detroit-today <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's not uncommon for voter turnout to be lower on primary Election Days than on the big general Election Days in November.</span></p><p>But so much is at stake in Detroit's primary today. Voters will narrow the field in races for Mayor and City Council.</p><p>They'll be choosing a district-based council for the first time in nearly 100 years. These leaders will be working closely with emergency manager Kevyn Orr during the city's historic bankruptcy, and they will be running the show after Orr leaves.</p><p>So the need for competent, passionate elected officials is greater than ever, and yet, turnout at the polls in Detroit is expected to be in the 15-17% range.</p><p>We wanted to talk about what's behind that chronically low number. Could it be something besides disaffected, uninvolved residents?</p><p>Nancy Derringer, a writer for Bridge Magazine, and Karen Dumas, the former chief of communications for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and a communications/PR strategist, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:35:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 13853 at http://michiganradio.org Low voter turnout is expected in Detroit today Detroit elections officials preparing for a long, complicated primary night http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-elections-officials-preparing-long-complicated-primary-night <p>Detroit elections officials are preparing for a long night after next week’s primary-- likely to be one of the more interesting primaries in Detroit history.</p><p>One of the front-running mayoral candidates, Mike Duggan, is only running as a write-in.</p><p>He faces another write-in candidate , <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130725/NEWS01/307250130/Mike-Duggan-Detroit-mayoral-candidate-Mike-Dugeon">Mike Dugeon</a>, whose name is pronounced the same—and spelled virtually the same way.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 13:53:22 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13809 at http://michiganradio.org