The Republican-led Michigan House passed several measures Tuesday aimed at tightening state election laws that backers say would protect against voter fraud and critics counter would create obstacles to voting.
Bob LaBrant of Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility said the petitions turned in by the pro-repeal group Stand Up for Democracy aren’t legal because the heading is printed in a type that’s smaller than required.
Two rival groups want to open a combined 15 new casinos in the state. They hope to ask voters for approval in November, but they first must collect nearly 323,000 voter signatures just to make the ballot.
Michigan election officials say 16 percent of the state’s registered voters cast ballots in this week’s presidential primary election.
Election officials expect between 15 percent and 20 percent of the state’s registered voters to cast ballots in Tuesday’s presidential primary election.
Overwhelmingly Democratic Detroit will see a voter turnout of 10 percent to 12 percent in Tuesday’s state presidential primary, with many people casting ballots out of pride at not missing an election, the city’s elections director said Thursday.
“This is clearly partisan mischief,” said Michigan Democratic Chairman Mark Brewer.
Low voter turnout in several metro Detroit communities, as few voters choose candidates and decided on critical tax questions. Detroit voters decided on school board members and if City Council members should be elected by district — instead of at large.
On November 8, Detroiters will have to decide if they want a new City Charter to replace the current one. This has at least one group of voters urging people to vote “no.”
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds residents that they have until Tuesday, October 11, to register in order to vote in the Nov. 8 general election.