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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

Election Day 2020: Changes in Michigan Election Law

Voting by MailIn the months leading up to this election, Michigan has seen a number of changes to the election process promulgated by the Legislature, Governor, courts, Secretary of State, and even the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The good news – many of the changes will not be noticeable to most voters.

Foster Swift’s election law team has put together a short summary of the most important changes for voters and election administrators to be aware: Read More ›

Categories: Alerts and Updates, Compliance, Did you Know?

Election Guidelines for Public Bodies in Compliance with MCFA

Voting Yard SignsEach election year provides public bodies, such as townships, school districts, and libraries, an opportunity to seek voter approval for extra-voted on millages and bond proposals. Once the decision is made to put a millage or bond proposal on the ballot, public bodies and their officials must walk a fine line between informing residents of the need for and importance of new funds and advocating for a certain position. The Michigan Campaign Finance Act (MCFA) focuses on preventing public bodies and their employees from using taxpayer dollars to place their thumb on the scale of one view in any election or campaign. This includes any primary, general, special, or millage election held in this state. Read More ›

Categories: Campaign Finance (MCFA), Compliance