Tag: Elections

I am Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum. I am ready for battle to save Roe v. Wade. Are you?

I am Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum. I am ready for battle to save Roe v. Wade. Are you?

As you may already know, I have a lot of fun on Twitter and in these posts bringing forth the shenanigans of Republican candidates while also educating Michigan’s voters. I know that sometimes it may come off as silly or unserious. But today, I must be serious about what is happening regarding Roe v Wade.  But this is not the […]

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Saving democracy from a slow-moving coup – with special guest Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum

Saving democracy from a slow-moving coup – with special guest Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum

Barb Byrum on Twitter: @BarbByrum Barb Byrum at Eclectablog: BE AFRAID: Spooky Season is here for election officials and democracy itself, too You need to *see* and *hear* the Virginia elected officials set forth their plan to burn books they oppose — one of which the American Library Association named a "Best Book for Young Adults" This nation's march toward fascism […]

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All politics are local and turnout is EVERYTHING!

All politics are local and turnout is EVERYTHING!

I think just showing up would sufficient. Biden 2.4M, Trump 2MMcAuliffe 1.6M, Youngkin 1.7M 800K Dem didn't vote300K GOP didn't vote The net 500K less Dem votes more than eclipsed the 75K margin-of-victory in VA. How hard is it to vote, really? — That Man From Michigan ✋ (@MIWolverine92) November 3, 2021 Judd Legum at Popular Information: One thought about […]

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BE AFRAID: Spooky Season is here for election officials and democracy itself, too

BE AFRAID: Spooky Season is here for election officials and democracy itself, too

With Halloween right around the corner, people across the state are hunkering down with their pumpkin-spice beverages and their Halloween candy to enjoy their favorite scary movies. This is  exactly the kind of escapism we need right now.  But just like any good horror movie, there’s a twist: The really spooky activities are happening at Clerk’s offices in our local […]

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The Election Confessional

The Election Confessional

There are just over two months until the next election date in Michigan. The last election for some communities was a month ago. Did you vote? Do you know who the candidates were? There was also an election in May for some communities. Many people had no idea.  Voter turnout in presidential years is often relatively high (in the November […]

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The Thin Clerk Line – The strongest line of election defense

The Thin Clerk Line – The strongest line of election defense

Two weeks ago, I attended DEFCON for the third time. DEFCON is a conference where a group of mostly white-hat hackers and experts in various fields come together to determine best practice recommendations for shoring up vulnerabilities with web security and safeguards against malicious hackers.  This year, I was given the opportunity to speak at the convention in the elections […]

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Our next Founding Fathers are actually Founding Mothers

Our next Founding Fathers are actually Founding Mothers

Upon leaving the Constitutional Convention, Ben Franklin is quoted as saying that the constitutional delegates had chosen for America “a Republic, if you can keep it.” This came years after the founding fathers sat down and declared their independence from the British monarchy. Our democratic republic was an experiment, which had never been tried before as a form of government. […]

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Michigan Senate Republicans refute themselves, conclude the 2020 election was completely legit

Michigan Senate Republicans refute themselves, conclude the 2020 election was completely legit

Man, that’s GOTTA hurt… While there have been a few rational actors in the Michigan Republican legislative caucus who have refused to subscribe to The Big Lie that Donald Trump won more votes than Joe Biden in Michigan and, in fact, across the entire country, most have been vocally all in on it. The only the way The Big Lie […]

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This blog post is NOT About Patrick Colbeck

This blog post is NOT About Patrick Colbeck

On a hot day in early summer last year, there was a press conference held on the lawn of the Mason Historical Courthouse in Ingham County. It was being held by the Islam’s Secret Agents. The is the sort of intemperate rhetoric that serves no purpose but to mislead and rile a certain group of people. For those who may […]

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URGENT ACTION NEEDED! Michigan GOP poised to pass three voter suppression bills WEDNESDAY.

URGENT ACTION NEEDED! Michigan GOP poised to pass three voter suppression bills WEDNESDAY.

We’ve known this day was coming for a long time but now it is upon us. Republicans in the Michigan state senate are poised to take up three voter suppression bills tomorrow, June 16th, and urgent action is needed. As one state senator I spoke with put it, “We need to flood the Republican phone lines.” The bills are Senate […]

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2021: A far more Dangerous year for Democracy in America than 2020

2021: A far more Dangerous year for Democracy in America than 2020

Our political process was tested in 2020 in ways that it has never been tested before.  With the outbreak of COVID-19 nationwide, election administrators were forced to come up with creative ways to make sure voters could cast their ballots safely, while trying to avoid large gatherings at polling places, wherever possible. Election infrastructure and processes had to be updated […]

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