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County board of canvassers meetings are usually the dullest events imaginable. The boards, comprised of two Republicans and two Democrats, meet to review the results of a post-election canvass. That canvass is meant to catch any major irregularities, down to the precinct level, make sure every vote is accounted for, and then certify the unofficial results.

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A state senator from the Upper Peninsula wants to change state law to require more “geographic diversity” on the state Board of Education.

Senator Ed McBroom’s bill would require political parties to nominate candidates for the board from different regions of the state.  The candidates would still run in a statewide election.

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Michigan has a new state elections chief. Elections bureau director Jonathan Brater says his top job is ensuring the integrity and public confidence in elections.

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New legislation would make it illegal for foreign governments and entities to buy ads to influence US elections.

Michigan Representative Elissa Slotkin introduced a bill Thursday called The Preventing Adversaries Internationally from Disbursing Advertising Dollars Act - or PAID AD Act.

Christopher Graveline
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Michigan voters just got another choice for attorney general candidates in the November election.

The Board of State Canvassers certified former Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Graveline as a non-party candidate Friday.

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Michigan voters will not be able to fill in just one bubble for an entire party in the November election.

A group has been fighting to put straight-ticket voting on this year’s general election ballot. That’s after the Legislature banned the practice several years ago.

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In the final days leading up to election day two years ago, Tom Barrett, a Republican candidate for the 71st District in Eaton County, was knocking on doors when he met a voter he had a lot in common with.

They got to talking about their shared military experience and after a while, the man said he wished he hadn't already voted for Barrett's opponent.

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A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that challenged Governor Snyder’s plans to hold a special election to fill ex-Congressman John Conyers’ vacant seat.

The special election to fill the seat left open by Conyers will take place as planned by Governor Rick Snyder, meaning the 13th District will be without a congressional representative for 11 months.

Soon after Conyers stepped down in December, Snyder announced plans to hold special elections to replace him on the same days as regularly-scheduled primary and general elections in 2018.

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Election officials across the nation are concerned about hacking schemes that might corrupt the outcomes. But how likely is that?

Riley Beggin, a reporter with Bridge Magazine, joined Stateside today to talk about her recent report titled, “As hacking fears mount, Michigan election security gets middling marks.”

Detroit city clerk Janice Winfrey
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A Wayne County judge has thrown out a lawsuit against Detroit city clerk Janice Winfrey, saying there’s “no evidence” her office mishandled absentee ballots or violated state law in last week’s general election.

The lawsuit was brought by election challengers who said Winfrey’s office used copies of absentee vote envelopes, rather than original envelopes with ballots, to verify voter information for about 1200 absentee votes dropped off at the clerk’s office on Election Day.

Jack Lessenberry
Michigan Radio

In case you needed more proof that politics makes for strange bedfellows, a coalition of religious leaders and casino owners have united to oppose new legislation that would legalize online gambling in Michigan. This Week in Michigan Politics, Morning Edition host Doug Tribou and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss whether the legislation is a good bet for the state.

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Earlier this week I was pulling into work when a replay of a Renee Montagne interview with the great Mel Brooks came up on Michigan Radio.

I took the the opportunity to sit in the car and listen to the entire thing. It was good timing all around. Like always, he made me laugh out loud, but he also gave me some perspective.

Let’s say you were a candidate for the Michigan Legislature, and you got to run against a guy who has been convicted of eight felonies and is now being charged with three more.

Your opponent, the incumbent, has also been evicted from his home in the past for non-payment of rent.

Additionally, the state has had to pay more than $85,000 in legal fees to attempt to defend your opponent from a sexual harassment charge from a man who worked for him.

You might think the challenger would win by a landslide.

But in fact, William Broman is a huge underdog.