Tag: voting

Michigan’s Republican leaders are legitimizing President Trump’s voter suppression commission

Michigan’s Republican leaders are legitimizing President Trump’s voter suppression commission

It is a sad irony that as we celebrate our ancestors’ independence from taxation without representation, our state and national leaders are working to impose the very same tyranny on us, the current citizens of the United States of America. President Trump has convened the Orwellian-named “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity,” ostensibly to investigate voter fraud, which every legitimate […]

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Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum: Michigan laws for overseas military voters need to change so ALL votes are counted

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum: Michigan laws for overseas military voters need to change so ALL votes are counted

The following editorial essay was written by Ingham County Clerk and former State Representative Barb Byrum. Enjoy. Administering elections is a fascinating job, and one that I take very seriously. Like Michigan’s other 82 county clerks, I’m focused on providing reliable, secure, and hassle-free voting for all U.S. citizens, including military and overseas voters who face unique challenges in exercising […]

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Why are Republicans working to kill the Election Assistance Commission & make it easier to throw people off voter roles?

Why are Republicans working to kill the Election Assistance Commission & make it easier to throw people off voter roles?

The following guest post was written by Ingham County Clerk and former State Representative Barb Byrum. Enjoy. Recently, President Trump assigned Vice President Mike Pence to oversee a special commission to investigate what he believes to be voter fraud. While I welcome this investigation, I believe the resources that will be expended could be better spent on strengthening the integrity […]

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2016 Election recount in Michigan: A view from the inside by Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum

2016 Election recount in Michigan: A view from the inside by Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum

The following essay was written by Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, a Democrat who was reelected to a second term. Prior to serving as County Clerk, Byrum represented the 67th District in the Michigan House of Representatives for three terms. She is renowned for being banned from speaking on the House floor for saying “vasectomy;” for performing what has been […]

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UPDATED: U.S. Supreme Court shoots down Michigan AG Schuette’s voter suppression effort

UPDATED: U.S. Supreme Court shoots down Michigan AG Schuette’s voter suppression effort

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, shown here sweeping up horse manure, has led an effort to suppress Democratic turnout in Michigan elections by fighting to uphold a ban on the option to vote a straight-ticket in our elections. The legislation, passed by our GOP-dominated state legislature, was a blatant attempt to harm Democrats’ chances given that one-half of all voters […]

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UPDATED: Federal appeals court smacks down Michigan AG Schuette’s tax dollar-wasting attempt to ban straight-ticket voting

UPDATED: Federal appeals court smacks down Michigan AG Schuette’s tax dollar-wasting attempt to ban straight-ticket voting

See update below. Last month, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum wrote a piece for Eclectablog about Attorney General Bill Schuette’s crusade to ensure straight-ticket voting is banned forever in Michigan. In her essay, Barb explained how, at its core, Schuette’s effort is little more than an attempt to disenfranchise voters in our state. After a 3-judge panel of the 6th […]

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GUEST POST: Schuette’s attempt to reinstate a law banning straight-ticket voting is unacceptable

GUEST POST: Schuette’s attempt to reinstate a law banning straight-ticket voting is unacceptable

The following guest post was written by Barb Byrum. Barb is currently the Ingham County Clerk and is a former State Representative who served three terms in Michigan House of Representatives from 2007-2012. She is currently running for re-election to serve a second term as the Clerk of Ingham County. Byrum grew up in Onondaga, Michigan, a small rural town […]

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Federal judge strikes down ban on straight-ticket voting option in Michigan

Federal judge strikes down ban on straight-ticket voting option in Michigan

Hallelujha! In a surprising move, a federal judge in Detroit struck down a Republican law that bans having the option of voting a straight partisan ballot in Michigan. It’s a move sure to give Republicans a very powerful case of indigestion since the move was largely aimed at taking control of the last areas where they do not have control: […]

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Michigan Dems test GOP’s claim that elimination of straight-ticket voting wasn’t political, a test they’re sure to fail

Michigan Dems test GOP’s claim that elimination of straight-ticket voting wasn’t political, a test they’re sure to fail

I recently wrote about Michigan Republicans’ ulterior motive when they eliminated the ability to vote a straight ticket ballot with one mark. Although they laughably claim it is intended to force Michigan voters to do more research, the actual reason is very politically-motivated: People like me frequently say that “Republicans control every aspect of government in Michigan”. However, that’s not […]

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#GOPocrisy ALERT: Mich GOP passes straight-ticket voting ban using single vote to stop ALL Dem amendments (UPDATED)

#GOPocrisy ALERT: Mich GOP passes straight-ticket voting ban using single vote to stop ALL Dem amendments (UPDATED)

After over ten hours of behind the scenes negotiations among their caucus members, all but two Senate Republicans voted last evening to ban straight-ticket voting on Michigan ballots. The bill had been tie-barred to far-less-than-perfect legislation to permit “no reason” absentee voting. However, the tie-bar was removed before passage by the Senate and then sent back to the House where, […]

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Ban on straight-ticket ballot option in Michigan may not pass Senate because it doesn’t make voting difficult enough

Ban on straight-ticket ballot option in Michigan may not pass Senate because it doesn’t make voting difficult enough

This week the Republicans in the Michigan House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 13, a bill that would eliminate the option of straight-ticket voting on Michigan ballots. While they claim it’s to make us all “more responsible” voters, the obvious intent is to make it just that more difficult to vote in Michigan. In fact, Progress Michigan recently showed how […]

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