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Confusion Rises Over Census Submission Deadline

Census ReportOnce every ten years, the US Constitution requires a count of all persons residing in the country for the purpose of reapportioning the US House of Representatives. The Census Bureau uses this count to determine how many house seats each state is entitled to. From there, each state draws its own congressional maps using the census data; here in Michigan, we have an independent citizens redistricting commission to draw both congressional districts and state house and senate districts. Read More ›

Categories: Alerts and Updates, Candidates and Committees

Michigan House Bill to Require Training for All Election Challengers

Election WorkersAs the Michigan Legislature continues to explore election reform, one bill has received near unanimous bipartisan support in the House. House Bill 4528 requires political parties, organizations, committees and their members to complete comprehensive training before serving as election challengers. Read More ›

Categories: Candidates and Committees, Legislative Updates

Can We Ban That Sign?

Lawn SlidesRevisiting Reed v Town of Gilbert & Its Impact on Local Sign Regulations

The 2020 election is over, but politically motivated signs – including signs with controversial or even profane language – are still everywhere. Although many municipalities have sign ordinances, those ordinances might not be enforceable if they are based on the content of the message.   Read More ›

Categories: Alerts and Updates, Compliance, Did you Know?, U.S. Supreme Court

Township Clerk Arraigned After Ballot Mishap

Locked Election BoxMichigan Election Law (MEL) regulates every aspect of voting, including what happens to a ballot after it is cast. As one Michigan township clerk recently found out, if those rules are not closely followed, clerks and other election officials could be facing misdemeanor charges. Read More ›

Categories: Alerts and Updates, Compliance

Michigan House Passes Election Law Reforms Addressing Reportable Conditions, Precinct Sizes, and AV Counting Boards

Michigan House of RepresentativesThe Michigan House of Representatives has introduced and passed, with wide bipartisan support, a number of election reform bills. The bulk of the bills are in response to a 2019 report issued by the Michigan Office of the Auditor General (“OAG Report”). The OAG Report identified three “reportable conditions” and one “material condition”; House Bills 4127-31 attempt to correct the reportable conditions (the material condition is an internal access issue and is being resolved administratively). Separately, the House passed HB 4134 to increase the size of precincts and HB 4135 to amend the rules for absent voter counting boards. Read More ›

Categories: Alerts and Updates, Legislative Updates, News