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Nearly half of local officials in Michigan's large municipalities report struggling to find enough people with the necessary skills to work at the polls on Election Day.

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Eaton County voters will decide on a 9-1-1 surcharge ballot proposal Tuesday.

If passed, a surcharge of up to $1.75 would be assessed on all devices subscribed to an Eaton County address which are capable of placing a call to 911.

According to Eaton County’s website, the county operates on eight different radio systems, which causes lapses in communication. Additionally, the technology is outdated and experiencing failures.

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Michigan's secretary of state says she will comply with some requests for voter information from President Donald Trump's voting commission, but personal data won't be released. 

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Mid-Michigan voters will decide several bond proposals and millage renewals today. 


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Voters in Ingham County will use new voting equipment beginning in August. 

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If you’re expelled or resign from your seat in the legislature, you shouldn’t get to run for the seat you vacated. That’s the logic behind a bill making progress in Lansing.

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A leading mid-Michigan public policy analysis firm says it’s found no evidence of voter fraud in Michigan during the November presidential election.

The independent review found voting patterns in 2016 stayed consistent with those of 2012.  The Anderson Economic Group searched for evidence of systematic tampering, including allegations of Russian hacking and voting by ineligible residents. 

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In an election year, third party presidential candidates seldom get much attention. We talk about what third parties add to the national political discussion with Bill Mohr, chairman of the U.S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan.


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Michigan’s state legislative districts are created based on the total number of people living in a particular area, but a case before the U.S. Supreme Court might alter that system. We talk about how Michigan might be affected from Eric Lupher, president of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.


The next election in Lansing is not until August, but city officials always want to instill the importance of voting in their citizens. Tomorrow, they’ll try a fun new approach. During Lansing’s annual Be A Tourist in Your Own Town event, the Lansing city clerk’s office will set up three polling sites for people of all ages to cast their votes on some pressing issues such as chocolate, vanilla or strawberry?

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In his 2012 reelection speech, President Barack Obama vowed to make voting easier for millions of Americans. This came after reports that many had to wait in line for hours at polling places to cast their votes.

Michigan’s state legislative districts are redrawn after every U.S. Census.  The last time around the process turned contentious and led many Democrats to allege gerrymandering by the GOP majority.  They point to what they say are contorted district lines drawn to ensure a political advantage.  

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A bill awaiting Gov. Rick Snyder's signature would require voters to declare their citizenship before getting a ballot.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says she will not contest a federal judge’s ruling that a citizenship question may not be on the ballot applications people will fill out at the polls in November.

For close to a century, the League of Women Voters has aimed to inform voters objectively about political issues and candidates.  With the 2012 election now four weeks away, WKAR’s Mark Bashore checked in with the organization’s Michigan President, Susan Smith.

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