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Redistricting panel advances Michigan Senate map
Associated Press, David EggertNovember 1, 2021 (Short)

Michigan’s redistricting commission on Monday voted 11-2 to advance a proposed map to the final stage of the process, approving state Senate lines that would be fairer to Democrats than those drawn by Republican lawmakers in the last two decades.

It was the first time the panel submitted a plan for the closing 45-day public comment period. It was unclear if commissioners may also offer an alternative Senate proposal later in the week or stick with one map.

The commission was created by voters in 2018 to handle the once-a-decade process of drawing congressional and legislative boundaries instead of the partisan Legislature.

The panel used a composite of the last 13 statewide races to show Democrats won 52% of votes while Republicans got 48%. Democrats could have a 20-18 edge in the Senate under such a scenario.

Due to 2011 gerrymandering, Republicans secured a 22-16 majority after the 2018 election despite Democrat Gretchen Whitmer winning the governorship by nearly 10 percentage points.

GOP gov. candidate James Craig says he supports abortion ban in secret recording
Michigan Advance, Steve NeavlingSeptember 22, 2021 (Short)

Republican gubernatorial candidate James Craig said if elected he would block any attempt by Democrats to repeal Michigan’s 90-year-old ban on abortion, according to a secret audio recording obtained by Metro Times.

The former Detroit police chief made the remark Thursday while talking with supporters after his speech at a campaign kickoff event in Marquette.

The 1931 law, which made it a felony to perform an abortion, was nullified following Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that women have a constitutional right to terminate their pregnancies. But abortion-rights advocates are worried that the ruling may be in jeopardy after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision earlier this month to let a Texas ban on most abortions remain in effect.

Democrats, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, are calling on lawmakers to repeal the ban in case Roe v. Wade is overturned. In February, state Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor)  introduced a bill to repeal the abortion ban in Michigan.

In the recording, which was obtained and provided by American Bridge 21st Century, a liberal political action committee that conducts opposition research on Republicans, Craig is asked if he would stop Democrats “from undoing the law that makes abortion illegal in Michigan.”

“I will do whatever I can — I’m pro-life,” Craig responded

Michigan House approves voting machine bills
Michigan Radio, RICK PLUTAAugust 17, 2021 (Short)

he state House voted Tuesday to outlaw hooking up voting machines up to the internet while ballots are being tabulated. The vote showed the stark difference in how Republicans and Democrats view election security.

Election officials stressed in the leadup to House passage that election machines are not on the internet as people are voting and ballots are tallied. Thus, argued Democrats, the legislation is not needed.

Republican Representative Matt Hall said then, legislation won’t create a problem, either.

“If this bill doesn’t do anything because they’re not doing this, then what’s the big deal?” he asked.

Senate Elections Committee passes voter restriction bills
Michigan Advance, Julia Forrest June 2, 2021 (Short)

The Michigan Senate Elections Committee voted on three bills Wednesday that could reform voting procedures to mandate photo identification being presented when applying for an absentee ballot or casting a ballot.

All bills passed 3-1 and moved on to the full Senate.

SB 285, introduced by state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) requires voters to present their state-issued photo ID with their application for an absentee ballot. Voters who fail to show their photo ID will be issued a provisional ballot to vote.

SB 303, introduced by Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Charlotte) requires voters to cast their ballot with a provisional ballot if they do not have a photo ID with them at the polling station.

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