MICHIGAN

 

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Who should I donate to, to help in Michigan?

1) Example of organization within Michigan, a "battleground" state, that has been effective and will likely continue through 2020 registering people to vote and more. See recent success. Started by young people which makes this a double hit -- young people and gerrymandering. Voters Not Politicians

Rock the Vote

https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/michigan/

 

Detroit

https://informdetroit.org/

https://detroitaction.org/

 

The Muslim population in Michigan is enormous and getting more and more active politically.

https://www.emgageusa.org/

 

Workers - checkout the photo on their site. It looks like Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are in it. Yup, it is. They helped with a fundraiser in 2017.

https://mionefairwage.org/

Low income coalition

https://mieconomicjustice.org/

 

Student group

https://www.facebook.com/michiganstudentpower

 

Moms

https://motheringjustice.org/

 

Eco-activists--national org with branches in Michigan

https://www.sunrisemovement.org/

Voter Suppression Efforts in Michigan

MAY 2020

 

• Michigan: A Republican appeal of a state appellate court ruling blocking the restrictions on ballot initiatives that the GOP approved during a 2018 lame-duck session remains pending after the Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments in the case in March. After voters used initiatives in 2018 to ban gerrymandering and expand voting rights, Republicans passed the law in question to make it harder for progressives to put initiatives on the ballot but not conservatives.

The invalidated law would have required those gathering petition signatures to disclose whether they were paid or volunteers in both an affidavit and on the petition itself. Another provision that was also struck down would have prevented any group seeking to get on the ballot from gathering more than 15% of petition signatures from any of the state's 14 congressional districts. Because Republicans gerrymandered the map by packing Democrats into a few lopsided districts, the law would have made it disproportionately harder to put progressive measures on the ballot than conservative ones.

Republicans hold a 4-3 majority on the state Supreme Court, but Republican Justice Elizabeth Clement has broken with her fellow conservatives on high-profile issues such as allowing the redistricting reform measure to appear on the ballot in the first place. Her vote is therefore likely to decide the outcome of the case.

APRIL 2020

  • Bottom line: Democrats can flip the Michigan Supreme Court from Republicans

  • Composition: 4 Republicans, 3 Democrats

  • 2020 elections: 2 seats up (nonpartisan with partisan primaries)

    • Democratic Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, first elected in 2012

    • OPEN (Republican Justice Stephen Markman, first appointed by ex-Gov. John Engler (R) in 1999, faces mandatory retirement)

Democrats have an excellent chance to take control of the supreme court in the battleground state of Michigan thanks to an open Republican seat, though they’ll also have to defend a seat held by a Democrat, Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack.

Michigan voters approved a new independent redistricting commission at the ballot box in 2018, meaning Republicans don’t have free rein to gerrymander once again as they did a decade ago. However, the courts could still play a big role. For starters, the members of the commission could deadlock, which would require judges to step in and drew new maps. And anyone who has a grievance against the new lines could wind up suing in state court.

The commission itself is also vulnerable, because the U.S. Supreme Court could always overturn its 2015 decision that upheld a similar commission in Arizona. That ruling featured a narrow 5-4 majority, with former Justice Anthony Kennedy casting the deciding vote. Now that Kennedy has been replaced by Brett Kavanaugh, the court could very well reach a different conclusion in a future case and strike down Michigan’s commission—as well as Arizona’s, of course, and a similar panel in California.

Should that happen, Michigan will need its own supreme court to serve as a backstop and ensure the state’s next set of maps are fairly drawn.

MARCH 2020

• Michigan: A federal district court has denied a motion to dismiss a Democratic-supported lawsuit challenging Michigan's procedures for rejecting mail ballots over problems with a voter's signature supposedly not matching. The court also allowed Republican legislative leaders to intervene as defendants (plaintiffs originally named Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson as the sole defendant).

The plaintiffs contend that the ballot rejection process is arbitrary and lacks a statewide standard. Michigan law does not require officials to notify voters that their ballots have been rejected or allow them to challenge any such rejections. Similar laws have been struck down in other states in recent years.

JANUARY 2020

• Michigan: The Democratic Party organizations suing Michigan in part over a Republican-backed law restricting same-day voter registration have announced that they are dropping that portion of their lawsuit after the state issued new guidelines that would let local clerks effectively circumvent much of the restriction.

The law in question only allows same-day voter registration on Election Day and two weeks prior to take place at a local clerk's office instead of each polling place. However, the state's new guidelines give clerks the option to designate temporary satellite offices that may be used for same-day registration, effectively opening up more locations, including at polling places themselves.

Democrats are continuing to sue in state court over Michigan's policy of refusing to automatically pre-register citizens when they obtain a driver's license if they are younger than 17-and-a-half, which would mean they would be added to the rolls once they reach voting age. The suit is also challenging what the type of documentation voters must produce for same-day registration during that final two-week period up to and including Election Day.

DECEMBER 2019

 

Detroit, MI: A conservative outfit headed by Christian Adams, a former member of Trump's bogus voter fraud commission and one of the country's leading voter suppression activists, has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to require Detroit, Michigan to remove thousands of voters from its rolls whom plaintiffs claim are dead, duplicate, or are no longer eligible to vote. Detroit is the most heavily black major city in America, and low turnout there played a key role in Donald Trump narrowly winning Michigan in 2016.

Adams has long tried to bully local governments into aggressively purging their voting rolls by launching frivolous lawsuits, with his intent being to kick eligible voters who tend to vote for Democrats off the rolls. Adams’ organization for years largely targeted rural counties with sizable black populations, and those underfunded localities often lacked the resources to fight expensive legal battles, preferring instead to settle and avoid the costs of a trial.

However, when Adams tried this scheme in Florida's far more populous Broward County, county officials fought back and prevailed at trial. Adams had argued the county failed to maintain accurate registration rolls because there were ostensibly more registered voters than eligible voters, but election experts testified he was misusing outdated census information and cherry-picked registration statistics that exaggerated the results. The court agreed, calling Adams' supposed evidence "misleading," and Adams' loss of credibility in that defeat could undermine his latest effort.

• Kansas: Kansas Republicans have agreed to settle a federal lawsuit whereby they will shut down the Interstate Crosscheck program for "the foreseeable future" after its security flaws were exposed.

Crosscheck was championed by former GOP Secretary of State Kris Kobach, ostensibly to find voters who are improperly registered in multiple states. But as multiple analyses have previously shown, Crosscheck's intentionally shoddy design led to a sky-high number of false positives that voter suppression zealots like Kobach blithely used as supposed evidence of widespread voter fraud so they could legitimize new voting restrictions.

Consequently, the system will remain inoperative and won't be used to wrongly purge eligible voters' registrations for the time being. Kansas officials have previously indicated they could use $2 million in federal funds to use an alternative database called the Electronic Registration Information Center, which is a bipartisan system for maintaining accurate voting rolls and is used in a number of states.

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